Trump’s power put to the test with bitter fight in blood-red Texas

Texas Republicans are continuing to fight one another as Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Attorney General Ken Paxton look to move the party further to the right. 

Republican Speaker of the Texas House Dade Phelan has a deep political history of advocating and passing GOP-led bills, but his impeachment of Paxton (on accusations of bribery, dereliction of duty, and disregard of official duty) has angered the attorney general’s allies, including former President Donald Trump. Now Phelan is facing a primary challenger ahead of a runoff election on May 28

Republican voters are set to decide whether Phelan, who has been speaker since 2021 and in the Texas House since 2015, or challenger David Covey will better suit them. It’s set to be the most expensive race
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