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Arrington defeats Robertson in Congressional District 19 runoff

Jodey Arrington

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A former aide to President George W. Bush has won the Republican primary runoff for an open congressional seat in West Texas.

Jodey Arrington on Tuesday night captured his party's nomination to replace outgoing Republican congressman Randy Neugebauer. The vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee is retiring after seven terms representing the deeply conservative and sprawling rural district.

Arrington said he has many friends in the Abilene area and that he wouldn't have been able to win the runoff election without them. He said he is ready to go to work for Dyess Air Force Base.

"I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and work with the city leaders and the folks on the Military Affairs committee and certainly the leadership over at Dyess," Arriongton said. "We are going to get to work and make sure [Dyess] is at the front of the line."

Arrington will have no Democratic challenger in November.

Arrington is a former Texas Tech chancellor with close ties to the old guard of Texas Republican powerbrokers. He was endorsed by former Gov. Rick Perry and counts the Bush family among his supporters.

Neugebauer is one of two longtime Texas congressman calling it quits this year. The other is Democrat Reuben Hinojosa, who is stepping down from his South Texas district after nearly 20 years in office.

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