Quayle’s Arizona Loss Adds to List of Lame-Duck Legislators

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Rep. Ben Quayle, with wife Tiffany, at an evening gathering of supporters as he concedes his Republican primary loss to Rep. David Schweikert on Aug. 28, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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.

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