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Steve Stockman

Rep. Stockman loses in Texas Congress runoff GOP claims majority in one house of state legislature, 1st since 1872

AUSTIN, Texas -- Democrats and Republicans are already arguing about who had a bigger night in special runoff elections in Texas on Tuesday. The Democrats won two prominent face-offs in congressional elections in the Houston area, while the Republicans achieved a milestone in winning a state Senate seat in West Texas, meaning the party can now claim a majority in the state legislative chamber for the first time in 124 years.

But of all the personalities involved in this handful of races, none was more talked about than a man who lost. Rep. Steve Stockman, one of the more controversial members of the freshman class of Republicans, went down to defeat, two years after he had...