ONSLOW COUNTY -

Hans Miller overwhelmingly beat incumbent Ed Brown in the Republican primary for Onslow County sheriff Tuesday night.

Miller received 8,549 votes (or 69.14 percent), compared to 3,815 votes (30.86 percent) for Ed Brown, who was first elected to office in 1990.

Miller will face Democrat Scott Himes in the Nov. 4 election.

"This was our biggest hurdle. However, in November, it's going to be another hurdle. Then after November, I am ready to work for the people of Onslow County with integrity and honor," Miller said.

Before the results came out, Sheriff Brown addressed the crowd at his watch party and said regardless of the outcome, he was thankful for everyone who voted in Onslow County.

"I love you. Bottom line, that's why I am running for sheriff, because I love these people of the county and you're the people of the county," Brown said to the crowd. "You are the representatives of what this county is made of. You understand that. So when you go out of here, don't go out of here with negative remarks about anyone because that is not who you are. That's not what this county is."

The Miller-Brown race made headlines when Brown alleged that Miller was possibly involved in a series of bomb threats throughout Onslow County.

But District Attorney Ernie Lee announced in late April that there was no credible evidence to suggest Miller was connected to any bomb threats.