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Texas Runoff Results: First Incumbent of 2014 Loses Re-Election (Updated)
Posted at 10:10 p.m. on May 27
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.