Pat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe

Pat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe
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Texas State Sen. Pat Fallon won the Republican nomination for the state's 4th congressional district after the seat was vacated by now-Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs Democrats call for declassifying election threats after briefing by Trump officials MORE

Local GOP leaders voted to nominate Fallon over former Ratcliffe staffer Jason Ross, 82 to 34. Fallon’s name will replace Ratcliffe’s on the November ballot in the ruby red district — Ratcliffe won 75 percent of the vote in 2018. 

I have no doubt he will represent his fellow Texans well on Capitol Hill,” Texas GOP Chairman Allen West said in a statement. 

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The state senator was endorsed by U.S. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw looms large as Democrats look to flip Texas House seat SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' MORE (R-Texas), who helped him appeal to the party chairs, according to the Dallas morning News.

“Ted Cruz endorsed me, and he came up here today because he can’t do it alone,” Fallon said during his introductory speech to the chairs before voting began, the newspaper reported. “He needs reinforcements in D.C., and he wants me by his side.”

Fallon’s nomination took place under unique circumstances.  

In May — after Texas’ March primary — Ratcliffe vacated his seat upon confirmation for the intelligence post. Instead of hosting a special election after Ratcliffe left his seat, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) opted to have local GOP leaders appoint a nominee for the general election. 

 

The winner of the November will take office in January to serve a full new term.

Before filling the post of DNI, former congressman Ratcliffe was a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE, often coming to the president's defense during the House impeachment hearings along with other GOP allies.