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.
Ratcliffe released the following statement Tuesday night.
“I entered this race because I want a better path for America than the one that we’re on right now. Tonight, the voters of this district confirmed what I’ve been hearing on the campaign trail for the last six months. I thank Congressman Hall for serving us admirably, and wish him the best moving forward. I look forward to representing the 4th District of Texas in U.S. House of Representatives and fighting for the conservative values which I’ve defended throughout my career.”
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