Lead for Holland grows in race for Lawrence senate seat

photo by: AP File Photo

Kansas state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, talks to reporters, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Sen. Tom Holland saw his lead increase Wednesday as additional mail ballots were counted as part of the race for a state senate district that represents south Lawrence and the surrounding area.

Holland, D-Baldwin City, had a lead of 748 votes over challenger Willie Dove, a Bonner Springs Republican who has been serving in the Kansas House. The nearly 750-vote lead is an increase from a 627 vote lead Holland had at the end of Election Night on Tuesday.

The vote was close enough on Tuesday that a comeback by Dove could be ruled out as mail ballots that were postmarked on or before Election Day arrive and are counted. All counting of such mail ballots must be completed by the end of day Friday.

Holland solidified his lead and has made a comeback less likely after picking up a net gain of 121 additional votes in Douglas County, while Dove picked up a net gain of only 37 additional votes in Leavenworth County.

The district, Kansas Senate District No. 3, represents southern Lawrence, Baldwin City, Eudora and large parts of Leavenworth County, including Tonganoxie.

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