Ben Quayle’s loss in a Republican primary yesterday in Arizona made him an unlucky 13th House member to be defeated for re-election in the primaries.
Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, was unseated by another Republican congressman, David Schweikert, by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent. The two freshmen sought the same metropolitan Phoenix district after a commission redrew Arizona’s district lines.
The Quayle-Schweikert race was the eighth of 13 matchups between two House incumbents, and the last to be decided before the Nov. 6 election. Five other House members were unseated by challengers.
Quayle was the third House member elected 22 months ago to be beaten for re-election in the primary, joining Florida Republican Sandy Adams and Michigan Democrat Hansen Clarke, who lost to more senior House members.
Fifty-two House members, including 28 Democrats and 24 Republicans, aren’t returning to the chamber next year.