Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Bianco has taken the lead in his bid to replace Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff, though both are headed for a Nov. 6 runoff.

Updated results from the county Registrar of Voters show Bianco with 35 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for Sniff. Retired Hemet police chief Dave Brown was in third with 20 percent of the vote, while sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Garcia was fourth with close to 12 percent.

Because no one got a simple majority of the vote, Sniff and Bianco are set to compete in a November runoff, continuing what’s been an expensive and acrimonious campaign.

This election cycle brought big money and drama to a race that normally lacks both. Sniff, appointed by the Board of Supervisors 11 years ago to fill a vacancy, won a full term in 2010 and cruised to re-election over Bianco in 2014.

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