Hamilton County will have a new prosecutor next year now that a well-funded former radio talk show host defeated a three-term incumbent in Tuesday’s Republican primary election.
With all precincts reporting, Greg Garrison captured 59% of the vote. The final unofficial tally showed Garrison won with 13,551 votes over 9,411 for D. Lee Buckingham, who has served as prosecutor since 2011.
Garrison declared victory at about 8:40 p.m., thanking Hamilton County voters for putting their trust in him.
“This election is about ensuring that Hamilton County is safer for our residents now and training the next generation of prosecutors for the continued safety of our children, grandchildren, and generations to come,” Garrison said in a statment.
Garrison was supported in the election by former Vice President Mike Pence, who hosted a fundraiser for Garrison in April with the priciest tickets going for $5,000 each.
Buckingham served as a deputy prosecutor for 15 years before he ran in 2011 to be Hamilton County’s top law enforcement officer.
The election was the first primary in which Buckingham faced a challenger. Garrison does not currently have a Democratic challenger in November’s general election.