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State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, announced today that he has adequate votes to become the next speaker of the Texas House, according to the Texas Tribune's Cassandra Pollock. He shared a list of 83 members that support his candidacy.
The Republican representative originally filed for the position on Nov. 1, ahead of the presidential election. He joined seven others running for the position.
Phelan's main competitor for the position is state Rep. Trent Ashby, who said he's not backing down.
The news comes after the Republican party secured the majority in the Texas House.
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In a press conference at the Texas Capitol, Phelan claimed victory. "The race is over," Phelan said. He also mentioned that he has a "supermajority of the Republican caucus," as well as a "broad coalition of support" from Democrats.
In order to win the House, a candidate would need a majority of the 150 member chamber in order to govern, according to the Texas Tribune.
While Phelan has claimed an early victory, the GOP caucus bylaws mention that the caucus should meet to vote to back a candidate.
The first day of the Texas legislative session is in January.