Eight former representatives are running to reclaim their former seats, or win new ones, in 2016. Three (Lance Gooden, George Lavender and Bennett Ratliff) lost their 2014 re-election bids in the Republican primary, and two more (Philip Cortez and Mary Ann Perez) lost in the 2014 general election. The other three (Jim Landtroop, Chente Quintanilla and Hugh Shine) have been away longer.

History, it seems, is on at least some of their sides. At least one former representative has returned to the chamber after missing at least one term since 2000.

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