John Ratcliffe


One can forgive John Ratcliffe and his supporters for looking ahead to the former federal attorney's role in Washington, D.C.

Not only does the new Republican nominee for the Texas 4th congressional district seat come from a GOP-dominated district, but he also won't even be facing a Democratic opponent in the general election in November. Instead, Ratcliffe will be on the ballot with Libertarian J.P. Raley and independent Kenneth Lee Kammer in a contest that Democrats have decided to sit out.

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.


The campaign of Republican John Ratcliffe, one of several challengers hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall in the race to represent the 4th Texas Congressional District, hosted an event in Commerce on Feb. 24. Over 20 supporters attended the gathering, and Ratcliffe spoke with KETR about his differences with the longtime incumbent.