Re-elected Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill (File Photo)
Clayton County Chief Deputy Sheriff Garland Watkins
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was able to hold off a write-in challenger and, at least for now, has been re-elected to the county sheriff's office.
He and incumbent Sheriff Kem Kimbrough both led highly publicized campaigns that even included a number of public attacks and no-show debates.
After nobody won a majority of the votes cast in the July primary, Hill defeated Kimbrough in a runoff, setting the stage for Tuesday's general election.
Two months ago, Clayton County Deputy Chief Garland Watkins mounted a write-in campaign against Hill, hoping to gain enough support to stop Hill from taking office. Hill received roughly four times the votes Watkins did on Election Day.
Hill faces a November trial date to answer 37 counts of corruption, which may prevent him from legally taking office in 2013.
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