Two strong write-in candidates were trailing Tuesday night in the Shoshone County commissioner and sheriff’s races.
Jim Vergobbi, a Democrat and former county commissioner, defeated sitting Commissioner Gary Waters in the primary election. But because the primary race was close, Waters chose to run again in the general election.
However, with 5 percent of the precincts reporting, Waters had only 87 votes to Vergobbi’s 201.
Commissioner Sherry Krulitz was unopposed.
In the sheriff’s race, Sheriff Dan Schierman had two challengers, Independent Tim Castle and fellow Democrat Larry Irvine.
But Schierman appeared to be hanging onto his job, while write-in candidate Irvine was drawing more votes than Castle, whose name appeared on the ballot.
Early returns showed Schierman with 189 votes, Irvine with 81 and Castle with 41.
Irvine, too, was defeated in the primary. But, like Waters in the commissioner’s race, he felt he had a fighting chance to win Tuesday.
Prosecutor John O. Cossel was unopposed.