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August 23, 2014

Texas Runoff Results: First Incumbent of 2014 Loses Re-Election (Updated)

Texas Runoff Results: First Incumbent of 2014 Loses Re Election (Updated)

Hall lost re-election Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

Updated 11:42 p.m. | Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, lost his bid for an 18th term Tuesday night, making him the first incumbent to not win re-election in 2014.

Attorney John Ratcliffe defeated Hall with 52 percent of the vote. Hall had 48 percent when the AP called the race with 66 percent of precincts reporting.

Ratcliffe is all-but-certain to hold this seat for Republicans in the fall.

A handful of tea party groups that endorsed Ratcliffe immediately claimed credit for his victory. But Ratcliffe had little support early in the primary, putting $400,000 of his own money into the campaign to get it off the ground. Groups such as the Club for Growth, the Madison Project and the Senate Conservatives Fund only got involved after Hall was forced to a runoff, after which it was clear the congressman was in serious political trouble.

Hall, 91, is the oldest person to serve in the House.

“Since joining the Navy, my life has been dedicated to public service,” Hall said in a statement. “Other than being a husband, father and grandfather, serving the people of East Texas has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.”

“I congratulate my opponent on a hard fought campaign, and I will continue to keep him and his family in my prayers,” he added. “I look forward to getting back to work and using the rest of my time in Congress fighting for the priorities and values of those I represent.”

Texas’ 23rd District

Former GOP Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco fell far short of the necessary votes to win his party’s nomination in a Tuesday runoff.

Rival Republican Will Hurd, a former CIA officer, had 59 percent of the vote when the AP called the race with 57 percent of precincts reporting. Canseco lagged with 41 percent of the vote.

This fall, Hurd faces Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego, who defeated Canseco in 2012. The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Canseco is the second former member to fall short in a comeback bid this month. Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, a Pennsylvania Democrat, failed to win her House primary last week.

Texas’ 36th District

Former Woodville Mayor Brian Babin defeated businessman Ben Streusand in the GOP runoff to replace Republican Rep. Steve Stockman.

Babin had 58 percent of the vote when the AP called the race for him, with 100 percent precincts reporting. Streusand trailed with 42 percent of the vote. The GOP’s nominee is nearly assured of winning the general election in this strong Republican district.

Stockman created the open-set race when he unsuccessfully challenged Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn in the primary earlier this year.

  • wanda jefferson

    round one first rep down lets not vote for any of them and see how they like it. democ. need to up your game president is not likeable right now at 41% that is lousy. but if he did something about unemployment here instead of giving our money away abroad he will be at 58%

  • ericdondero

    The Democrats now stand to get crushed statewide. They will most likely lose a House seat or two, (certainly lose that central TX seat – Canseco, with black Republican Will Hurd as the nominee). They will lose all statewide offices. They will lose 5 or 6 state house seats. They will almost certainly lose 1 or 2 in the State Senate which will relegate them to super-minority status.

    There’s a new rule in Texas politics. If the Republicans start polling over 70% – like Cornyn and Abbott – It’s safe to vote Libertarian. Relegate the Dems to 3rd party status behind the Libertarian Party.

  • Layla

    Message to Rep. Hall: Thank you for your help with a legislative issue when no one else in the Republican and Democrat Congressional delegation would listen. Your good efforts actually produced a positive outcome. Thank you for having the courage to step forward. And while I do believe we should have term limits, you have helped many over the years in which you have been in Congress. Thank you for upholding your Constitutional Oath of Office.

    I thank you for your service. You will be missed.

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