The oldest member the House of Representatives has ever seen has lost his job to a Tea Party-backed candidate. Rep. Ralph Hall lost his Texas primary yesterday to John Ratcliffe, a former US attorney and Mitt Romney aide. Ratcliffe had won 52% of the vote to Hall’s 48% with 66% of precincts reporting. After Hall and the retiring Rep. John Dingell leave their jobs next year, there will be no World War II veterans serving in Congress, the Washington Post notes.
“I just got whipped and got beat,” Hall, 91, said to supporters.
Hall was by no means a bad congressman, but it was time for some fresh blood in that seat. Yet another piece of evidence to the contrary that the Tea Party is dead.