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Texas GOP Incumbent Ousted in Primary

May 28, 2014

The Associated Press

ROCKWALL, Texas - ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — The 91-year-old Texas Republican who is the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House has been ousted in a primary runoff.

Little-known Republican primary challenger John Ratcliffe defeated Rep. Ralph Hall in the first runoff he'd ever faced.

Hall, who once had a brush with the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, first came to Congress in 1980.

He asked voters in his northeastern Texas district to elect him for an 18th term, promising it would be his last.

Backed by national conservative groups, the 48-year-old Ratcliffe used modern analytics to better target voters.

Hall countered with a traditional campaigning style, though he too was endorsed by some top tea party activists.

No Democrat is running, ensuring Ratcliffe will win in November.

Original headline: Rep. Ralph Hall, 91 and oldest-ever member of US House, falls to Texas primary challenger


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