WAHOO – The unofficial vote tally Tuesday has incumbent Kevin Stukenholtz as the winner of the sheriff’s race.

Stukenholtz took 2,034 votes, or about 62 percent, compared to Harry Garagiola’s 1,223 votes.

“I’m grateful for the support of the people that assisted in my campaign and the opportunity to serve the citizens of Saunders County for the next four years,” Stukenholtz said.

Stukenholtz won in 16 of 17 voting precincts in the county. Garagiola won the Marietta precinct with 56 votes, compared to 49 for Stukenholtz.

The highest total precinct for Stukenholtz was Wahoo Ward I with 241 votes, compared to Garagiola’s 95.

Stukehholtz also had more early ballot votes with 229 compared to Garagiola’s 119.

Provisional ballots have not yet been counted by the Saunders County Election Commissioner’s Office and Election Commissioner Patti Lindgren has seven days to certify election results with the Secretary of State.

Stukenholtz will run unopposed on the General Election ballot this fall, as there is no Democratic candidate.

Garagiola could not be reached for comment election night.

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