Nation’s Oldest Congressman Ousted in Runoff

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“He’s been here for a long time and he’s done good things, but I think it’s time for a new opinion,” DiGirolamo said of Hall, who didn’t open a Twitter account until last year.

An avid jogger, Hall went skydiving when facing a 2012 primary challenge and had planned to do so twice this year but canceled due to icy conditions. Instead, he made a playful television ad pointing to the wrinkles on his face and calling them scars of congressional fights with liberals.

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

Asked about voters who stayed home for a runoff featuring light-turnout, he responded: “I don’t know what you do to them. You fuss at ‘em. But it’s a runoff and you can’t ever tell.”

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.”

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