Tim Ryals is the Republican nominee for Faulkner County Sheriff after defeating Rocky Lawrence in Tuesday’s runoff election.

Ryals received more than 65 percent of the votes in the runoff election with 2,849 while Lawrence drew in nearly 35 percent percent with 1,507, according to final, unofficial totals.

"We worked hard and the voters spoke," Lawrence told the Log Cabin Democrat. "Only in America can anyone from anywhere be involved in our elective process.

"I am so grateful to those who worked so hard for my campaign — my family, Joe Taylor, Bob Berry and their families. Faulkner County is a great place to live and work."

There were 18 total provisional ballots, Faulkner County Election Commission chair Paul Foster said. Fifteen of the provisional ballots were absentee ballots and the commission reviewed them Tuesday and found eight to be legal, valid votes that will be counted, Foster said.

The provisional ballots will not affect the outcome.

Ryals will face Democrat Wefus K. Tyus in the Nov. 8 general election.

Ryals was not immediately available for comment. 

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