Ted Poe was a no-nonsense judge who didn’t like criminals and he usually handed out some pretty creative sentences.
When elected he started out as a strong conservative, but has had a few questionable stances in recent years. I’m not sure I would classify him as a RINO but he has lost some of his conservative staunchness. He has always been pro 2A and pro-life.
I would still take him over a true RINO or a Democrat. I think all-in-all it would be considered a loss by most conservatives.
The district he represents votes Republican, so I would think he could be replaced by another. However, there are many moving here from other states that are liberal, so there might be a fight to keep the seat.