His younger brother, Jake Ford, ran for the as an Independent, but lost to Democrat.
After the primary, Ford's supporters held a large victory celebration at 's.
However, the says that while in Congress he voted against the pro-life position 87% of the time.
Ford arranged his schedule for his last semester of law school so he would not have Monday or Friday classes and would be able to fly home to Memphis for an extended weekend each week to continue his campaign.
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He was reelected four times without substantive opposition, by an average of 80 percent of the vote.