FORT WORTH -- Three weeks from today, Betsy Price will be sworn in as the city's 44th mayor.
But first, after campaigning for more than four months and winning one of the most expensive local races, she's going to take a few days off.
"We are going to go to a friend's house at Possum Kingdom Lake," Price said Monday, adding that she also plans to get back on her bicycle and ride more now that the campaign is over.
But July 12, the day Mayor Mike Moncrief steps down and Price is sworn in, isn't far from her mind.
"We are going to do what we said and deliver on our campaign promises," she said. "I want this to be a very open and transparent administration. ... There's a good city staff. We'll have to work on what we can do to save dollars."
Price pulled in 55.9 percent of the vote to former Councilman Jim Lane's 44.1 percent to win the runoff Saturday.
Lane, who started out Monday by swimming and cooking hot dogs with his son Jake, said he's now back to his full-time job as an attorney. He noted that he still has three years left to serve on the Tarrant Regional Water District board, where he is co-chairman of the oil and gas committee.
"I want to thank all my supporters and wish Betsy a lot of luck," Lane said. "Everybody needs to get behind her ... and move forward."
A review of precinct-by-precinct election results shows that both candidates had support citywide, but Lane won the most -- 76 to 52. Price, however, won the most votes, 19,922 to Lane's 15,700, according to unofficial, complete election results.
Some of Lane's bigger victories came at a District 8 voting site at Morningside Elementary, where he drew 161 votes to Price's 30; at the District 8 Bradley Center site, 306 to 53; and at District 7's JPS Health Center Viola Pitts/Como sites, 301 to 42.
Price, meanwhile, saw larger numbers, such as those at District 7's North Hi Mount Elementary school, where she drew 707 votes to Lane's 242; District 3's Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 861 to 234; and District 3's Oakmont Elementary, 905 to 321. Her biggest polling victory may have been at District 2's Fossil Ridge High School -- also a precinct where Keller school district voters weighed in on a proposed tax increase -- where she earned 1,572 votes to Lane's 675.
"It happens routinely that one candidate may pull many more votes in one precinct while losing others," said Allan Saxe, an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Arlington. "The Republican candidate in 2008 presidential election won more states but lost the big ones where the biggest concentration of votes were located.
"It is all about turnout."
While Price seemed to be helped by strong anti-tax turnout for the Keller school district tax election, that race did not decide the mayor's race, Tarrant County Elections Administrator Steve Raborn said. It did increase Price's margin though. Without the Keller district precincts, Price would have won with about 53 percent of the vote.
Brian Mayes of Allyn Media in Dallas, which was Price's political consultant, said Lane's support was not in voter-rich precincts.
He said Lane's references to the City Charter and partisanship actually hurt him with voters. And he said Lane's mailers during the last two weeks didn't help.
"He sounded like an insider," Mayes said. "Every time he sent out a negative piece, I think it actually hurt him."
But Mayes said Lane had plenty of support noting the support of police and firefighters associations, former Mayor Kenneth Barr and the support of Cathy Hirt who finished third in the general election.
"That was a good chunk of the vote," Mayes said referring to Hirt's supporters.
Staff writer Bill Hanna contributed to this report.