Vulnerable Texas GOP Incumbents Win, Other Competitive Primaries Shaking Out
It was a good night for Republican House incumbents under threat in Texas on Tuesday, with Rep. Ralph Hall in the 4th district and Rep. Ron Paul in the 14th district being declared the winners in their respective primaries.
With 27 percent of precincts reporting, Hall, the oldest Member of the House at age 84, took 71 percent of the vote against three opponents. And with 37 percent of precincts reporting in his district, Paul had a whopping 69 percent to 31 percent lead over local GOP official Chris Peden.
In the 22nd district, where 10 Republicans were battling for the right to take on Rep. Nick Lampson (D) in November, a GOP runoff next month seems inevitable. With 15 percent of precincts reporting, former Rep. Shelley Sekula Gibbs had 29 percent and former Senate aide Pete Olson had 23 percent.
In the 23rd district, Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson was declared the winner in the GOP primary for the right to take on Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) in November. With 21 percent of precincts reporting, Larson had 63 percent and wealthy attorney Quico Canseco had 37 percent.
— David M. Drucker