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Endorsed candidates prevail in primary

Garcia said she doesn't plan to change her campaign strategy.

"I'm running on my record," she said.

Sheriff race

In the supervisor's chambers following the balloting, Hommes said his chances in the general election should be favorable, despite the close result in the primary.

"Obviously, Mr. Tyler worked very hard," he said. "I know there's been a lot of strife and turmoil within the party, and hopefully we can overcome that."

Hommes agreed that the contentious district attorney race may have played a role in the sheriff primary.

"It's very possible," he said. "I think if you ride around the county, you'll see a lot of Garcia and Tyler signs together and Sprague and Hommes signs together."

Tyler said he feels confident moving on to the general election, given the number of voters who supported him in the primary.

"I'm motivated," Tyler said. "To only lose by 190 votes I think is fantastic against a 12-year incumbent with Republican Party backing."

Tyler said he plans to continue door-to-door campaigning until the general election in November, talking to the voters of Essex County about the experience he can bring to the position of County Sheriff.

"I've knocked on the door of over 1,500 houses, and Essex County is the second largest county in the state. If I haven't spoken to someone, it wasn't by lack of trying."

Essex County Republican Committee chair Ronald Jackson said all four candidates in both races worked very hard, and that the voter turnout was encouraging.

"As a Sprague and Hommes supporter, I'm obviously very pleased," he said, and predicted further success for both candidates in the general election.

"I think there's enough Republicans who will stay with Julie to make it a close race in November," said Jackson, stressing that Sprague is still more likely to win.

Results are unofficial as there were still absentee ballots to be counted at the time of this report. The Essex County Board of Elections reported 363 absentee ballots sent out and 252 returned before deadline.

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