16-term US Rep. Ralph Hall easily wins GOP Primary Election

ROCKWALL – Sixteen-term, 89-year-old US Congressman Ralph Hall is well on his way to winning his seventeenth term in the US House of Representatives after easily defeating two candidates in yesterday’s Republican Primary Election.

Rep. Hall, the oldest US Congressman, received 38,125 votes, or 58 percent of the vote.

Challengers Steve Clark, of Heath, and Lou Gigliotti, from Wylie, essentially split the remainder of the votes, 13,707 (21%) to 13,513 votes (21%), respectively.

Rep. Hall does have opposition for the Nov. 6 General Election, when he will face VaLinda Hathcox, a Democrat, and Thomas Griffing, a Libertarian.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability,  a SuperPAC which favors term limits on political officeholders, committed over $200,000 to defeat Rep. Hall in the Primary. Former telecommunications exec Clark spent over $100,000 of his own money, although virtually none of it in Rockwall County.

Neither of his fall opponents are expected to be able to amount anywhere near that much money to defeat Hall, according to news stories published elsewhere.

In Rockwall County, Hall received 64% of votes cast (5,286). Clark received 1,848 votes (22%) and Gigliotti 1,089 votes (13%).

By J.J. Smith, Publisher




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