Texas House speaker survives primary after AG Paxton’s revenge tour

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan survived his primary challenge on Tuesday, paving the way for another term as one of the state’s top legislators despite efforts from those in his own party to oust him from his position. 

Phelan narrowly defeated former Orange County Republican Party Chairman David Covey after garnering 50.7% of the vote to Covey’s 49.3% with nearly all the ballots counted.

Phelan’s victory comes despite receiving fewer votes than Covey during the state’s primary in March, which catapulted the pair into a runoff after neither candidate secured more than 50% of the vote. The victory also comes after state Attorney General Ken Paxton endorsed Phelan’s challenger after the House speaker oversaw Paxton’s impeachment trial last year. 

Although Phelan had the support of former state House speakers Dennis Bonnen and Joe Straus, as well as former Gov. Rick Perry, the
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