Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Holland squeaks out win in 10th District race

November 4, 2004

It was a close one, but Tom Holland appears to have reclaimed his seat as 10th District Representative.

After advanced ballots in Douglas County were counted early Wednesday morning, Holland, a Baldwin Democrat, had edged his Republican opponent Rich Lorenzo, Lawrence, by 291 votes.

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Holland received 5,317 votes, or 50 percent of the total, and Lorenzo received 48 percent of the votes with 5,016 tallies. Robert Garrard received 2 percent of the votes with 219.

The narrow margin may mean the winner won't be certain until provisional ballots are counted during a certification meeting Monday.

"We knew going in that it'd be a close race," Holland said. "It came in about right where we thought it would."

Lorenzo agreed he knew there would be a narrow margin in the vote totals.

"We thought this was going to be close," Lorenzo said. "But I think we ran a good race. We ran a smart race."

The 10th District covers southeast Douglas County and northeast Franklin county including Baldwin, Wellsville, south Lawrence and north Ottawa.

Lorenzo claimed 55 percent of the vote in Franklin county precincts, compared to Holland's 42 percent. Holland took 54 percent of the Douglas County precincts while Lorenzo claimed 44 percent.

"I'm personally pleased to see a high voter turnout. That's exciting to me," Holland said of the record number of voters who got out to the poll this year.

Lorenzo said he knew it would be difficult trying to capture the votes in Douglas County, which is known for supporting Democratic candidates.

"But I feel pretty good about what we did in this county," he said. "I'm thankful and grateful for everyone we met and worked with."

Holland, a 43-year-old computer project manager, was seeking his second term as House Representative. He focused his campaign on education, small businesses and health care, while touting his record in the legislature.

Lorenzo, a 30-year-old investment manager, was seeking his first political office by emphasizing education, health care and taxes.

Preliminary spending reports showed Holland outspent Lorenzo nearly 3 to 1 in campaign expenses through mid-October. Holland spent $28,072 from July 23 up through a couple of weeks ago, while Lorenzo spent $9,515. Reports show Holland had almost four times as much in campaign funds in the last couple weeks of the election.

Lorenzo said his first political campaign was a great experience, but he planned to devote his time now to his family and community.

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