Homer wins fifth term as state rep.

Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor & Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 8, 2006 - Mark Homer won a fifth term in the Texas House of Representatives Tuesday, easily turning back a second challenge from Mount Vernon Republican Kirby Hollingsworth for the District 3 seat.

Homer took 19,166 votes (57.8 percent) to Hollingsworth's 13,993 (42.2 percent) in the six-county district.

"I'm obviously happy and very excited about the returns," Homer said. "It shows we are on the mark with the issues of the 3rd Senate District of Northeast Texas. I'm proud we can run a positive campaign and get  positive results. It shows you don't have to dive down into the gutter to provide a positive outcome."

Hollingsworth said he believes "a lot of dissatisfaction at the national level" made it a difficult race.

"The president and governor's ratings dropped low," he said. "I think the very local candidates were in a little different situation. There's nothing real strong out there to energize Republican voters. I think things have to do with war. We did a card campaign. I don't know if we could have done it different.

"I don't think the issues and consideration of this district were factors."

Two years ago, Homer narrowly defeated Hollingsworth by a vote count of 24,167 to 23,854. Hollingsworth was the big winner that year in Hopkins County, taking 6,274 votes to 5,210 for Homer.

Homer only won in two counties — Lamar and Red River — in 2004, but the 2,500 vote margin of victory in Lamar County, the incumbent's home base, was enough to let him escape with a victory.

This time around, Homer won the vote in five of the six counties in the district, trailing only in Hollingsworth's home county. The incumbent Democrat also won easily in Hopkins County, carrying 4,641 votes (55.53 percent) to 3,716 (44.47 percent).

"It shows a negative campaign won't always get you there," Homer said. "[Hollingsworth] is a very hard worker, but his beliefs aren't the same as the 3rd district."

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