Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX 04) lost to former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe (R), becoming the first incumbent to be unseated this cycle. Former CIA agent Will Hurd (R-TX 23) will challenge Rep. Pete Gallego (D) after winning his primary runoff against former Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco. And dentist and former Woodville Mayor Brian Babin (R-TX 36) will likely succeed Rep. Steve Stockman (R) after earning the Republican nomination over businessman Ben Streusand (R).
John Ratcliffe: 22,257 (53 percent)
Ralph Hall: 19,882 (47 percent)
Hall said he’ll spend the next six months working as if he had won the election, continuing to try to appeal Obamacare. Ratcliffe said he’ll spend that time making sure he’s educated about the needs of his constituents. Hall acknowledged that his age, 91, played a role in his loss.
“I’ve been 45 and I did better. I’ve been 65 and I did better. I’m 90 now and I didn’t do better,” Hall said. “”¦I’m not hurt about it. I’m not really terribly surprised about it, and I’m not happy about it. I’m going to keep on doing my job and coming home and visiting people that I love.” (Dallas Morning News)
Will Hurd: 8,558 (59 percent)
Quico Canseco: 5,833 (41 percent)
Canseco beat Hurd in a 2010 primary, going on to win the seat before losing in 2012 to Gallego. “I think the thing that has changed the most [since 2010] is that I’ve gotten a little smarter and a little more experienced,” Hurd said. “We built an organization that was prepared to fight in the run off.” (Politico)
Brian Babin: 19,274 (58 percent)
Ben Streusand: 14,046 (42 percent)
“Babin, a dentist by trade, won the race by consolidating rural support in a heavily Republican district split between Houston’s suburbs and more rural areas. He is all but guaranteed a spot in Congress.” (The Hill)
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