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Texas Runoff Results: First Incumbent of 2014 Loses Re-Election (Updated)

Hall lost re-election Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

   

Updated 11:42 p.m. | Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, lost his bid for an 18th term Tuesday night, making him the first incumbent to not win re-election in 2014.  

First Incumbent Could Lose in Tuesday's Texas Runoff (Video)

Hall has said this will be his final re-election bid. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Most of the political excitement in the Lone Star State is expected to take place in state races. Even though tea-party-aligned candidates hit recent road blocks in GOP primaries in federal races, anti-establishment conservative candidates are expected to dominate state-level politics Tuesday evening in Texas.  

But in that shadow, there are a few House race runoffs with the potential to impact Capitol Hill — especially in Texas' 4th District. After Republican Rep. Ralph M. Hall failed to win the majority of the vote in the March primary, he faces the fight of his career to return to Congress.  

Campaign Spot-Light: Age Resurfaces in Primary Ads

This is Roll Call's weekly installment of the most interesting individual spots or trends we noticed in Senate and House political advertising.  

A couple of months ago, we noted that campaigns included dated music from another era  in ads to illustrate just how long a politician has been on the scene.  

Congress Races to Ralph Hall's (Financial) Aid

Hall received financial aid from his friends on Capitol Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rarely are Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and John A. Boehner of Ohio publicly on the same side of a GOP primary campaign. But a band of geographically and ideologically diverse Republicans are rallying behind Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall, who is in danger of becoming the first incumbent defeated in 2014 later this month.  

Hall's political trouble initially caught many off-guard. Texas House members offered plenty of moral support in the days and weeks after Hall failed to secure the nomination in the March 4 primary. But, according to Hall's recent fundraising reports, including his pre-runoff report filed May 15, his colleagues have backed up that talk over the past couple of months.  

91-Year-Old Congressman's Birthday Gift? A New Ad From His Challenger

Former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe didn't overlook that his GOP primary rival, Rep. Ralph M. Hall of Texas, had a birthday last week.  

"At 91, Ralph Hall has served admirably," Ratcliffe said in his first television ad in the runoff for the GOP nomination in Texas' 4th District. "But after four decades in Washington, the problems are getting worse, not better."  

Texas Delegation Rallies to Get Ralph Hall One Final Term

Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, R-Texas, left, walks with Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ralph M. Hall is in a Texas-sized heap of political trouble — and it's mostly of the 90-year-old Republican's own doing.  

Over the winter, the 17-term incumbent ignored danger signs in his bid for re-election, namely that a self-funding rival was outspending him in a primary. That candidate, attorney John Ratcliffe, has forced Hall into a May 27 runoff.  

Conservative Groups Rally Behind Ralph Hall Challenger in Texas (Updated)

Ratcliffe is challenging Hall, a Republican from Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:20 a.m. | The Club for Growth and the Madison Project, two conservative groups, announced Tuesday  endorsements of attorney John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who pushed Rep. Ralph M. Hall into a May 27 primary runoff.  

"Like Senator Ted Cruz, John Ratcliffe understands that the big spenders in both parties have led us to $17 trillion in debt, and he’ll stand up for pro-growth policies in Washington," club president Chris Chocola said in a release.  

How to Tell Voters Their Congressman Is Old
Ralph Hall Challenger Commits to Term Limits

The Republican primary challenger to longtime Texas Rep. Ralph M. Hall says 4th District voters should not expect a Hall-length tenure from him if elected.  

Just more than two months out from their primary runoff showdown, attorney John Ratcliffe said in an interview with CQ Roll Call that he not only supports a congressional term limit but would self-impose one if he wins the seat.  

Ralph Hall Heads to Runoff; Sessions, Veasey Defeat Primary Challengers

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, will face a late-spring runoff against a self-funded primary challenger.  

As election results poured into the Lone Star State on Tuesday night, it was clear that freshman Rep. Marc Veasey, a Democrat, and Rep. Pete Sessions, a Republican, would be all-but-certain to return to Congress for another term.