Abraham: 'We remained consistent and persistent'
Ralph Abraham may have been the least noticed congressional candidate to make a runoff election this fall even though the rural doctor from Alto was consistently at or near the top of pre-election polls.
Other 5th Congressional District Republicans — most notably incumbent U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, aka "The Kissing Congressman," and "Duck Dynasty" cousin Zach Dasher — were being followed or featured by national media.
"Who is Ralph Lee Abraham?" Houston Chronicle reporter Lauren McGaughy tweeted as election results began rolling in Nov. 4.
But while those outside the 5th District may have been attracted to the scandal of McAllister or the flash of Dasher, those within the district put Abraham (23 percent) into the runoff with Democratic Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo (28 percent). The runoff election is Dec. 6.
"We didn't lose any sleep over it," said Abraham, 60. "We just remained consistent and persistent and the voters responded."