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Voters Bounce Incumbent Sheriff

It must have been a long night for Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines and the man who wanted to replace him.

It was a tight race into the early morning hours after election day. And with 50 of 52 precincts in, Raines still held on to a narrow lead.

But when the last votes were counted, the unofficial results showed Tom Reich with the narrow lead and an apparent win.

The totals: Reich 26,470 - Raines 25,587. That's less than a thousand votes out of more than 50,000.

The vote ends Raines' eight year reign as the county's top cop.

Raines, on his website, says he improved volunteer units and public safety services. He also says he expanded the sheriff's office to satellite offices in Vermontville, Windsor Township, and Oneida Township.

Reich, according to his campaign website, worked for the Ingham County Sheriff's Department and the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Unit. He was a detective and a lieutenant.

He retired after 25 years with the department and currently works for the state.

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