FORD SQUEAKS BY ROLAND IN DISTRICT 29
Final precinct puts Democrat ahead by 12 votes.
September 15, 2005 at 4:00AM
It was back-and-forth for most of the evening, but when the final vote was totaled Thursday night in the District 29 state Senate race, Democrat Ophelia Ford was ahead by 12 votes count em, 12.Her Republican opponent, Terry Roland, , refused to concede, however, telling a group of supporters at his Millington headquarters, Were still in the race, and promising to turn things over to the people who know how to handle things like this" -- presumably a team of both political and legal advisers.A spokesman for the Roland campaign would subsequently promise to contest the outcome, saying, "We're going to bring in a shitload of attorneys," both from Tennessee and Washington. One of them, he said, might be former congressman Ed Bryant, now a U.S. Senate candidate.The course of the election drama resembled somewhat the on-again, off-again, back-and-forth progress of the scaled-down East Coast hurricane, Ophelia, that bore the apparent winners name.