Jackson, GOP, sweep through Escambia

Sheriff gets 77.06 percent of vote over his Democratic opponent; Republicans win big

Escambia County incumbent Republican Sheriff Heath Jackson rolled past Democratic challenger Shaun Golden Tuesday to win his re-election bid with a heavy Republican turnout that also swept across the state of Alabama.

Unofficial returns show Jackson with 7,458 votes, or 77.06 percent, to Golden's 2,206 votes at 22.79 percent.

A total of 9,733 Escambia County residents cast ballots Tuesday for a 36.32 percent turnout. Of the ballots cast there were 5,329 straight Republican Party votes cast to 2,167 straight Democratic Party votes. There were also 220 straight Libertarian Party votes cast.

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