WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - On Wednesday, Michele Bachmann, an iconic tea party figure and former GOP presidential candidate, endorsed U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, in the upcoming Republican primary runoff.
In the March 4 Republican primary, Hall, who at the age of 90 is the oldest serving congressman, failed to capture the 50 percent needed to overcome former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, forcing a May 27 runoff election.
"It is a great honor to endorse Ralph Hall, a fellow Constitutional Conservative," Bachmann said in a statement.
"He is a true patriot who has fought for our great country in defense of the values and principles we hold dear. In Congress, Ralph Hall has been a leader in the fight against Obamacare, a strong advocate of enforcing our immigration laws, and stood firm on securing our borders. The people of the 4th District are fortunate to have Ralph Hall fighting for them."
Hall represents Texas's 4th Congressional District and was originally a member of the Democratic Party before switching alliances in 2004.
"Congressman Hall is honored to have the support of Michele Bachmann," his campaign said in a statement. "This sends a clear message as to who the true conservative is in this race. Ralph Hall has a consistent record of standing up for family values, defending the Second Amendment and working to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Hall also received support from another tea party icon earlier this month.
On April 16, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., endorsed Hall, calling him a friend and fellow patriot.
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