Bladen Co. sheriff wins, voters stike down three ballot issues

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston is a step closer to reelection.

Benston easily won his Democratic primary battle against Steve Lesane by garnering 62 percent of the vote. Republican Jim McVicker will challenge Benston in November.

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Meanwhile Bladen County voters said no to a higher sales tax and alcohol sales.

Voters struck down a quarter-cent sales tax increase by a 72-28 margin. The money generated from the tax would have gone toward school improvement projects.

Alcohol will not run more freely in the county after voters also voted down a referendum on unfortified wine 53-46. A referendum to allow the sale of malt beverages also fell by a similar margin.