Jones County Sheriff Larry Dykes lost his bid for reelection in Tuesday's Democratic primary runoff.
According to complete but unofficial returns, challenger Alex Hodge won 54 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Dykes.
Dykes had seemed to be in trouble three weeks ago, when he failed to gain a majority in the first primary. Later, all the runners-up in that election publicly united behind Hodge.
Jones County Sheriff -- 46 of 46 precincts reporting (100%)
Dykes was one of four incumbent Pine Belt sheriffs unseated by voters Tuesday.
The only incumbent sheriff to survive Tuesday's balloting was Jeff Cavis County's Henry McCullum. He faces former Hattiesburg policeman and drug task force director Jim Kinslow in November.