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Redistricting redirects Quayle from House

Aug. 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM

PHOENIX, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Freshman Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., lost to fellow freshman Rep. David Schweikert in a bitter Republican member-against-member primary.

With all 156 precincts in the 6th Congressional District reporting, unofficial returns indicate Quayle received 47 percent of the vote and Schweikert received 52 percent, the Arizona Secretary of State's office Web site said Wednesday.

Schweikert used Quayle's lineage -- his father is former Vice President Dan Quayle -- against him during the campaign. Because both candidates shared a conservative viewpoint, their campaigns against each other were more personal.

Incidents in Quayle's personal and professional life also provided fodder for Schweikert, Politico reported.

Several years ago, Quayle was forced to admit he wrote under a pseudonym for TheDirty.com, a titillating site about Scottsdale nightlife.

The Web site also carried news of Quayle's loss, including the post: "Ben since your (sic) unemployed now... you're more than welcome to come back to TheDirty.com and have your old job back as Brock Landers."

Last week, Politico reported that Quayle was one of several lawmakers who swam in the holy Sea of Galilee after a night of drinking. Quayle said he had one glass of wine and joined in for the religious experience.

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