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91-Year-Old Rep. Hall Ousted in Texas GOP Primary
Associated Press/ ABC News ^ | May 27, 2014 | WILL WEISSERT and NOMAAN MERCHANT

Posted on 05/27/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT by Din Maker

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, at 91 the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, was ousted Tuesday in the Texas Republican runoff by a candidate barely half his age.

Backed by powerful national groups with strong tea party ties, 48-year-old former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe was able to paint Hall as too cozy with the GOP establishment after 34 years in office. He forced the incumbent into his first runoff in 17 terms in the House then won that on Tuesday.

Hall first ran for political office in 1950 and won his seat when Jimmy Carter was president. He was a Democrat until switching parties in 2004.

No Democrat is running in the district that stretches from suburban Dallas east to Louisiana and north to Oklahoma — meaning Ratcliffe will be headed to Washington after the November general election.

Even before the final results were in, Hall called the race "not one of my best ones, that's for sure."

In Texas' March primary, Hall won 45 percent of the vote compared to Ratcliffe's nearly 29 percent — but since no one won a majority in a six-way race, Hall was forced into the first runoff his congressional career.

Ratcliffe was backed by the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund, but Hall bristled at the notion that he's not conservative enough. He won endorsements from tea party favorite Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and leading Christian conservative voice and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Neville Govender, also casting his ballot Tuesday in Heath, said he had never bothered to vote in a congressional election until this year because he knew Hall would win in a rout.

"I just believe in what he stands for, his energy," Govender said of Ratcliffe. "I believe we need change."

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


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VICTORY FOR THE TEA PARTY: Hall was endorsed by Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul; losers all.
1 posted on 05/27/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

the GOPe poured a lot of resources into this race for Hall.


2 posted on 05/27/2014 7:38:24 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: Din Maker

Out with the ancient....


3 posted on 05/27/2014 7:39:06 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Din Maker

Great news!


4 posted on 05/27/2014 7:39:56 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Din Maker

but... but... but.... the Tea Party is dead... Sarah Palin is.... right wing hobbits....


5 posted on 05/27/2014 7:39:57 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Din Maker

Bachmann endorsed him. That was the only good endorsement.

But Bachmann endorsed Cliff Stearns and Ted Yoho has exceeded expectations.


6 posted on 05/27/2014 7:40:53 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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7 posted on 05/27/2014 7:41:04 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Din Maker

The TEA party is dead, you stupid teabaggers.


8 posted on 05/27/2014 7:41:08 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Din Maker

BUTT.....I thought the TEA PARTY was dead?......


9 posted on 05/27/2014 7:42:06 PM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: Din Maker

Good job.

Hucklebee? Humph.


10 posted on 05/27/2014 7:43:04 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

NINETY ONE!

Because that’s what I want to be doing at ninety one. Not fishing, gardening, traveling, sipping drinks on a verandah, enjoying my grandkids or just breathing air.

augh.


11 posted on 05/27/2014 7:43:32 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Bullfrogg
BUTT.....I thought the TEA PARTY was dead?......

Or else the TEA PARTY has taken over the GOP. Rats can't decide on what lies to use from week to week.

12 posted on 05/27/2014 7:45:39 PM PDT by randita
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To: Black Agnes
Power is very addictive.

It has to be pried from cold, dead hands sometimes.

13 posted on 05/27/2014 7:46:31 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Din Maker

Hall was also endorsed by Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie, and Thomas E. Dewey.


14 posted on 05/27/2014 7:46:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

ROFL. I think Benjamin Harrison also announced his support as well.


15 posted on 05/27/2014 7:48:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: Din Maker
91 years old-- this guy had no damn reason running for re-election.
16 posted on 05/27/2014 7:49:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Din Maker

91?

Can’t we agree on some kind of maximum age limit on these power mongering federal bloodsuckers?


17 posted on 05/27/2014 7:49:37 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: kingattax
Pathetic. Glad the GOPe lost their bets.
18 posted on 05/27/2014 7:50:37 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Black Agnes

Too many pols are just like him; so addicted to power that they would rather die in office than retire.


19 posted on 05/27/2014 7:51:11 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Din Maker

Ralph Hall is a very decent man...no reason to demean him.


20 posted on 05/27/2014 7:51:33 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: Din Maker

I voted for Hall.

I don’t think it is bad to bring in fresh conservative blood but I am not going to pretend Ralph Hall was not conservative.

I was surprised Hall lost even in his hometown here in Texas.


21 posted on 05/27/2014 7:55:57 PM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent / Cruz 2016)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well now we have to pay him and his replacement.....I am not saying that is a bad thing but financially we lost.


22 posted on 05/27/2014 7:55:57 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: smoothsailing
Hall was also endorsed by Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie, and Thomas E. Dewey.

LOL Not likely, since he was a democrat when he entered public office, but they were all alive and kicking at the time.

23 posted on 05/27/2014 7:57:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Din Maker

I don’t live in Texas, so I don’t know a lot about Ralph Hall.
I have read that he is a good man and a pretty good conservative.

However, issue for me is he is 91 years old.
He simply is old to be an effective fighter in DC. And we need
effective fighters more than ever in DC to fight the GOPe’s.
He has served honorably and I wish him well in retirement.


24 posted on 05/27/2014 7:58:56 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: Din Maker

Did Ralph Hall gain any voters? So he got 48% in the runoff and first round?

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/hall-hits-ratcliffe-over-controversial-border-patrol-prosecution-handled-by-a-law-partner.html/

Hall’s rival in next Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff, John Ratcliffe, is a former U.S. attorney whose law partners include Johnny Sutton, the U.S. attorney who put Ramos and Compean behind bars.

Ratcliffe had nothing to do with the case.

“We were U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to protect the Texas/Mexico border, but Johnny Sutton of the U.S. Attorney’s office saw it differently,” Ramos says in a video released Tuesday afternoon by the Hall campaign.

“We were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison for doing our jobs,” Compean says. “Congressman Ralph Hall stood up for us in our time of need.”


25 posted on 05/27/2014 7:59:19 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

ALL the tea party backed candidates won in Texas tonight! Ralph Hall is part of the problem. No more though!


26 posted on 05/27/2014 8:13:48 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Bachmann endorsed Todd Akins against the tea parties and Palin.


27 posted on 05/27/2014 8:14:03 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Black Agnes

I saw Rep Hall on local TV yesterday and—forgive me Lord—he is a breathing goo puddle and not much more. He left the building with Elvis long ago.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 8:14:30 PM PDT by Wavy_Wally
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To: Wavy_Wally
Seems like all the ones that voted for in state tuition for illegals lost. We are sick of the favoring of illegals over American citizens.
29 posted on 05/27/2014 8:17:56 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: lonestar67; Jrabbit

I was not surprised. He has been cozy with Establishment as the article alludes, and it had not been forgotten.

He has gotten by with miles of road and press because of his age, but these are not the times for patronizing anyone when there are more capable, deserving candidates running.

I am sure he was a good man in his day, but this is war, and he has missed some dang easy shots. There is a price for that because people depend on these representatives to defend them with confidence, not on a wing and a prayer.


30 posted on 05/27/2014 8:21:05 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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91 years old...about time the folks in TX told him ‘TIME TO CALL IT QUITS’

he got aged out...good new Texas voters...thanks.


31 posted on 05/27/2014 8:22:27 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Din Maker

Disgusting that Hall ever served this long


32 posted on 05/27/2014 8:26:12 PM PDT by montag813
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To: ansel12

Todd Akin was the most conservative on some issues. Brunner supported amnesty in the NDAA.


33 posted on 05/27/2014 8:30:21 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Din Maker

Congrats to the winner, but here’s a note to the AP writers: when someone is 91 saying that someone else is “barely half” half age doesn’t really have the right ring to it.


34 posted on 05/27/2014 8:33:14 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Blood of Tyrants
“Too many pols are just like him; so addicted to power that they would rather die in office than retire.”

Yep. And the thought of serving the voters is the last thing that motivates these types.
Its all about them and the power. What ever happened to TERM LIMITS?

35 posted on 05/27/2014 8:35:15 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I know, hb, but it was just meant to be funny! B^)


36 posted on 05/27/2014 8:37:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Akin and Bachmann cost us a Senate seat, Palin and the tea parties asked him to drop out, after opposing him in the first place, they were correct.


37 posted on 05/27/2014 8:39:30 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: hinckley buzzard
LOL Not likely, since he was a democrat when he entered public office, but they were all alive and kicking at the time.

It seems that not many people remember that Hall was first elected to this Congressional seat in 1980, as a Democrat.

But, he was one of the "Blue Dog" conservative Democrats, voted for most of the articles of impeachment against Clinton, and endorsed Bush in the 2000 election.

He switched to the Republican party just before he filed for the party primary in 2004.

38 posted on 05/27/2014 8:41:07 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: ansel12

They were right but Im talking about at the point in time where Akin was endorsed. It is not like he was Cornyn or Dan Coats.


39 posted on 05/27/2014 8:42:07 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: smoothsailing

Seriously. Do we really need 80 and 90 y.o. people running the country? Even if they’re a decent sort, it’s time to quit and let the next generation do their part.


40 posted on 05/27/2014 8:42:24 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: lonestar67

Even though he acquiesced to raising the debt ceiling and Obama’s version of the USA PATRIOT Act (although he did try to walk some of the latter back)?

Then there’s stuff like continuing to fund the FAA, Head Start program, SNAP/WIC, growing the DOJ (the Violence against Women Act created a separate office within that department as well as authorized special funding for investigating/targeting such crimes), FDA appropriations, a number of others.

He leaned conservative a lot but did have some RINO tendencies.


41 posted on 05/27/2014 8:42:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: smokingfrog

It’s definitely time for him to hang up his spurs. By all accounts a good and decent man, I wish him well.

“Hall was born in Fate, Texas in 1923. While working at a local store aged 12, he claims to have sold cigarettes to Bonnie and Clyde.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/ralph-hall—the-91yearold-congressman-gearing-up-for-one-final-fight-9442265.html


42 posted on 05/27/2014 8:48:32 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Bachmann endorsed the wrong man, the tea parties and Palin opposed him from the beginning.

Bachmann’s judgment has always been bad, that is why she faded away and never got anywhere except her congressional seat.


43 posted on 05/27/2014 8:51:20 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Olog-hai

“Then there’s stuff like continuing to fund the FAA, Head Start program, SNAP/WIC, growing the DOJ (the Violence against Women Act created a separate office within that department as well as authorized special funding for investigating/targeting such crimes), FDA appropriations, a number of other” Are you kidding me? This stuff sucks!! Get the hell out of here!!


44 posted on 05/27/2014 8:53:41 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: SADMILLIE
I was just looking at his voting record on the Vote Smart website. He’s quite heavily conservative otherwise, but snuck that stuff in there.

I didn’t look at the whole voting record (a case of “tl;dr”; after all, he was in there since the late 80s), but even a little RINOsity goes a long way in certain cases, and being an ex-Democrat means some stuff rubs off.
45 posted on 05/27/2014 8:59:13 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Din Maker

No 91 year old should be in congress. If the voters hadn’t retired him God would have before too long. This just shows it is an addiction. We must have term limits!


46 posted on 05/27/2014 9:04:12 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He first ran for office in 1950 and was elected when Carter was president. Did he make a career out of RUNNING for office?


47 posted on 05/27/2014 9:05:53 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: Din Maker
John Ratcliffe????


48 posted on 05/27/2014 9:07:19 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Bullfrogg

49 posted on 05/27/2014 9:08:50 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Jrabbit

Exactly. He did a good job.


50 posted on 05/27/2014 9:09:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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