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Election 2022: Democrats in Douglas County Sheriff’s race in limbo as ballot counts continue

Wide margin solidifies Republican race for Hanson
The campaign has been fierce in both parties.
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 8:02 PM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 9:45 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The campaigning for Douglas County Sheriff has been fierce in both parties ahead of the primary election.

On the Democratic ticket, former OPD Deputy Chief Greg Gonzalez ran against Douglas County Chief Deputy Wayne Hudson. Gonzalez came out ahead by about 1,700 votes in Tuesday night counts from the Douglas County Election Commission:

  • Gonzalez: 19,243 votes
  • Hudson: 17,518 votes

But Hudson told 6 News on Wednesday that he wasn’t conceding.

“It’s not over yet,” he said. “There are approximately 11,000 uncounted ballots still out there. All but 1,000 will be counted by Friday. We should know more at that time.”

The Douglas County Election Commission confirmed to 6 News that 10,631 early voting ballots had been collected on Election Day. Those ballots were to be processed Wednesday, opened Thursday, and counted Friday, with another set of unofficial election results due to be posted Friday afternoon.

“Douglas County voters should have the respect of having ALL their votes counted before this race is called, said Hudson. There are several thousand ballots still not counted.”

On the Republican side, voters more definitively decided between OPD Sergeant Aaron Hanson and retired OPD Lieutenant George Merithew, who made headlines over the weekend after he was ticketed for driving 107 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone. The county’s unofficial results showed Hanson getting nearly four times the votes as Merithew:

  • Hanson: 32,909 votes
  • Merithew: 8,426 votes

The winners of each race will square off in the November general election.

Correction: An earlier version indicated both candidates for the November race had been decided. 6 News regrets the error.

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