Senator Bob Deuell loses re-election bid in runoff

Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 23:39 - Written by Roy Maynard, rmaynard@tylerpaper.com

Dr. Bob Deuell has lost his re-election bid to the Texas Senate. The Greenville physician was narrowly edged out of the GOP primary runoff by Edgewood retiree Bob Hall. Election returns remained close throughout the night, with final showing Hall with 18,230 votes to Deuell’s 17,930. The difference of 300 votes is less than a 10th of a percentage point.

“God has different plans,” Deuell said on Wednesday. “I’m blessed — I have a great family and a great medical practice, and now maybe I’ll get to do some things that I might not have, otherwise.”

Hall was not available for comment on Wednesday, but on his campaign’s Facebook page, he thanked supporters.

“Just remember,” he posted, “the work is ours, but the outcome is the Lord’s.”

There is no Democratic candidate for the seat, but Libertarian Don Bates will be on the November ballot. Deuell will remain the District 2 senator until Jan. 1, 2015.

“I do feel there are things left undone,” Deuell said. “We still need an end-of-life bill in the state, we haven’t fixed equity in education, and we’re behind in road building. There are a lot of things that need to be addressed for Texas’ future.”

Hall’s website indicates he will focus on spending issues.

“Texas does not have a revenue problem. Texas has a spending problem,” he wrote. “Texas spends far too much money on pet projects and boondoggles outside the proper core functions of state government. This must change.”

Deuell has served as the District 2 senator since winning the seat from a Democrat in 2002. District 2 included part of Smith County until redistricting moved the changed the boundaries in 2011.