Jimmy Clements said he felt he had momentum going into the May 18 primary election, but the final results surprised him.
"I was blowed away. I could not have imagined coming out with big numbers like that," he said.
Clements, the chief deputy in the Marion County Sheriff's Office, was running against the man who appointed him to that position, incumbent Sheriff Carroll Kirkland.
Kirkland has been the Marion County sheriff since 1996.