Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil wins re-election

Posted at 12:59 AM, Nov 09, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil was on pace to win re-election Tuesday, according to unofficial Hamilton County election results.

Neil, a Democrat, led Republican challenger Gary Lee by 61.51 percent of votes cast with all 556 precincts reporting.

Neil, who spent 30 years as a deputy with the Sheriff's Office, was first elected to office in 2012. He replaced Republican Simon Leis Jr., who retired after serving 25 years as Hamilton County sheriff. This will be Neil's second four-year term.

Lee, a retired Cincinnati Police Department captain, announced his plans to challenge Neil in September 2015.