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91-year-old congressman stoic in GOP runoff defeat

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Photo - FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall mingles with fellow military veterans at a weekly "Band of Brothers" happy hour he attends nearly every week in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas. The 91-year-old Texas Republican talks about wanting to fix Obamacare and fight the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency that are killing jobs. But his vision for the future isn't what is at issue in the Tuesday, May 27 runoff as Hall seeks renomination to the House seat he first won in 1980. The main topic is Hall himself and whether the oldest man serving in Congress should be elected to an 18th term. (AP Photo/Will Weissert, File)
FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall mingles with fellow military veterans at a weekly "Band of Brothers" happy hour he attends nearly every week in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas. The 91-year-old Texas Republican talks about wanting to fix Obamacare and fight the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency that are killing jobs. But his vision for the future isn't what is at issue in the Tuesday, May 27 runoff as Hall seeks renomination to the House seat he first won in 1980. The main topic is Hall himself and whether the oldest man serving in Congress should be elected to an 18th term. (AP Photo/Will Weissert, File)
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ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall says he's not sad that he lost his last campaign for re-election to Congress, and says he's not done with his work either.

The 91-year-old Hall 's three decades in Congress will end this year after losing in the Republican primary runoff to John Ratcliffe, who successfully argued voters in North Texas needed a new voice in Congress.

Surrounded by about 50 supporters in Rockwall, Hall said he couldn't be unhappy thanks to the people around him.

He acknowledged that he "got whipped and got beat," and that he wasn't surprised.

He said he planned to fly back to Washington Wednesday morning and return to work.

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