ELECTION UPDATE: Ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr. loses new bid for Congress

YOUNGSTOWN (AP) — Outspoken former Rep. Jim Traficant, who served time in federal prison, has lost his new bid for a U.S. House seat.

The 69-year-old Traficant lost to four-term Democrat Tim Ryan, his former aide.

Traficant was kicked off the ballot in July after elections officials disqualified more than 1,000 signatures on his petition to run. He was released from prison nearly a year ago and spent spring and summer giving campaign-like speeches at tea party events throughout Ohio.

Traficant represented the Youngstown area for nearly two decades before he was convicted in 2002 of racketeering and bribery. He was known in Congress for his wild hairstyle, bell-bottom pants and one-minute floor speeches punctuated with the "Star Trek" catchphrase "Beam me up."

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