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Houston Mayor Wins Third Term

December 2, 2001

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HOUSTON (AP) _ Mayor Lee Brown held off City Councilman Orlando Sanchez in a tight race Saturday to win re-election to a third term and derail Sanchez’s bid to become Houston’s first Hispanic mayor.

With 95 percent of the precincts counted, Brown had 162,751 votes, or 52 percent, to Sanchez’s 152,552, or 48 percent.

Overwhelming support for Brown in several late-reporting and predominantly black Fort Bend County precincts put the incumbent over the top after the two candidates to lead the nation’s fourth-largest city swapped the vote advantage repeatedly throughout the evening Saturday.

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