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Ratcliffe Unseats Hall; Hurd, Babin Win Nominations

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Jack Fitzpatrick
May 28, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

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).

Res­ults:

TX-04:

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)

TX-23:

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)

TX-36:

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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