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Victor Hill wins re-election as Clayton County Sheriff

10:16 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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  • 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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