It looks like Gila County Sheriff Adam Shepherd has won the Republican primary for sheriff. 

As of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Shepherd had a healthy lead over three challengers in the Republican primary. 

Shepherd, the incumbent, had 51.98% of the votes; Darrell Stubbs, 29.61%; Richard Shaw, 10.25% and Ron Hanse, 7.9%. 

Shepherd will likely race Democrat Chris Bender in the November general election. 

Shepherd said he felt honored that residents would put "their faith in me once more."

"I've never wanted more than to serve my community," he said Tuesday night. "That's not a commercial, it's always what I have really felt."

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