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Democratic primary held for Abbeville Co. sheriff

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An Abbeville County polling place. (Mar. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina) An Abbeville County polling place. (Mar. 26, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Former Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin (center) appears in court on Friday along with his wife (right). (Jan. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) Former Abbeville County Sheriff Charles Goodwin (center) appears in court on Friday along with his wife (right). (Jan. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ABBEVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Abbeville County voters picked their Democratic nominee to run in the race to replace former Sheriff Charles Goodwin.

Ray Watson received 51 percent of the vote during Tuesday's primary, advancing him to the May 14 special election against Republican Skipper O'Bannon.

O'Bannon ran for sheriff in November but was defeated by incumbent Charles Goodwin. O'Bannon is currently serving as interim Abbeville police chief.

Marion Johnson came in second in the primary with 35 percent of the vote, followed by Bobby Hall Sr. and Raymond Vandiver.

Goodwin resigned as sheriff in January after he was indicted by a state grand jury. He later pleaded guilty to misconduct in office and is currently serving a sentence of five years probation and 100 hours community service.

Since Goodwin's resignation, Coroner Ronnie Ashley has served as interim sheriff.

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