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Van Zandt county retired businessman Bob Hall rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat longtime state Senator Bob Deuell in a Republican Party primary runoff last month. Having won the GOP nomination, Hall is considered a safe bet to win the general election in November.

Last night, State Sen. Bob Deuell experienced a demi-version of what Mitt Romney endured in 2012. He won most of the geographic territory, but not the most votes.

Bob Hall, the retired businessman who defeated incumbent Deuell in the race to be the Republican nominee for the Texas Senate District 2 seat, did so by a whisker-thin margin. Hall collected 18,230 votes to 17,930 for Deuell.

That 300-vote margin came in part from Hall’s success in the southern part of the district and in the suburbs of Dallas.

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The battle for Texas Senate District 2 has turned a little chippy in its closing weeks. The most recent nastiness concerned a radio ad targeting incumbent Bob Deuell. The ad was the latest joust in an ongoing schism within the pro-life movement in Texas.

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In many of the Republican primary runoff elections this year in Texas, the campaigns have turned negative, with personal attacks on the character of candidates mixing in with debate on the issues.

A rundown of the runoffs on the May 27 ballot

Mar 5, 2014

Primary day may be over, but several primary races are far from settled. 

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe

It was a rough night for Republican incumbents in Northeast Texas. Some must dust themselves off and scrap again in a May 27 runoff election. And a couple lost outright.

Ralph Hall, who has represented Northeast Texas in Congress since 1980, will face challenger John Ratcliffe in a runoff. Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney during the George W. Bush administration, didn’t get too close to Hall in vote totals, but Hall’s failure to win a majority of ballots cast ensures a runoff.

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The Texas Water Development Board divides the state into 16 regions for the purposes of water planning. The Northeast Texas planning group (Region D) and the North Texas planning group (Region C) disagree on one huge question - the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), whose district overlaps both regions, favors alternatives to Marvin Nichols Reservoir.

Texas Rep. Bob Deuell supports the ballot initiative that would create a new fund to pay for water infrastructure development in Texas.

Deuell, Flynn to Address Greenville Breakfast

Oct 3, 2012

Texas lawmakers will appear before local business and government leaders later this month to provide a preview of the 2013 state legislative session.

Deuell unopposed due to Hall's clerical error

Mar 12, 2012

AUSTIN - There’s also been a shakeup in the race for the district two seat for State Senate, as Incumbent Senator Bob Deuell of Greenville is the only candidate on the May 29 ballot.

A local perspective on new district lines in Texas

Feb 29, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - Some of the new lines have been drawn for North Texas. Interim maps for Texas state House and Congressional districts were approved Tuesday.

Deuell on board with construction of oil pipeline

Feb 8, 2012

AUSTIN - A state senator from Northeast Texas is among six state legislators to send a letter to Washington urging Congress to immediately approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

Van Zandt County man to challenge Deuell in primary

Jan 12, 2012
State Sen. Bob Hall (R-Van)

EDGEWOOD - Edgewood businessman and engineer Bob Hall has formally filed for State Senator for District 2. 

Performances to highlight Music Building dedication

Oct 17, 2011

COMMERCE - A formal dedication ceremony for the New Music Building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce is scheduled for this Friday.

Education at the forefront of Friday breakfast

Oct 11, 2011

GREENVILLE - District 2 State Senator Bob Deuell will be recognized with the Champion for Children Award at this Friday’s Wake Up to the Issues breakfast, presented by the Greenville Chamber.