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BUSTER THOMPSON/Chronicle
Michael Prendergast lifts up his 5-year-old grandson Barrett Prendergast while embracing his 8-year-old granddaughter Charlee Prendergast after hearing he won the Republican primary race for the Citrus County Sheriff. “We did it,” the victor told his grandchildren. Prendergast will face off against non-party affiliate Michael Klyap Jr. in the Nov. 8 general election.
Prendergast gets 53.1 percent of vote

Michael Prendergast is one step closer to being Citrus County’s sheriff after winning the Republican primary on Tuesday.

“I’m pretty ecstatic about it,” he said, surrounded by screaming supporters at the Riviera Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Crystal River. “We’ve worked very hard over the past five months and we really put together a good ground game for this election, and the results really proved themselves tonight.”

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