Brad Norman and incumbent Sheriff Chuck Edge appear to be headed to a run-off after coming in first and second in a three-person race for Ellis County Sheriff, according to unofficial primary election results released Tuesday.

Norman received 9,595 votes or 44.19 percent, Edge hung onto 7,308 votes or 33.66 percent and Charlie Daniels finished with 4,809 votes or 22.15 percent. Because no candidate received a majority, Norman and Edge will likely go to a run-off elected later in the spring.

“If you didn’t make out to vote yesterday, you still have the opportunity to vote for Brad Norman for sheriff of Ellis County in the run-off election,” a post on Norman’s Facebook campaign page encouraged, Wednesday... One more push for our goal!”

Edge, on the other hand, expressed disappointment.

“Well, not the result we were looking for, but one that we felt was a distinct possibility,” the incumbent posted. “I thank everyone that voted for me and supported throughout this process thus far, but this election is not over folks! There will be a run-off on May 26th. I need everyone to go back to the voting booth during the run-off election and vote again. You will see us back out there working to earn your support and your vote!”

Edge was appointed to the post in 2017 to finish the term of Johnny Brown, who resigned.

Norman previously said he was running “to lead the Sheriff’s Office through the changes and past the challenges that accompany the new growth in Ellis County.”

Edge situated himself as the man for the job.

“We have accomplished a great deal since taking office in April of 2017 and would like to see many of the projects/programs that are underway through to completion,” he said. “I feel that I am the best qualified to see the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office through this time of rapid growth.”