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Straus: I Will Still Be Speaker

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    Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he has enough support for another term and believes the race for speaker is over.

    Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he has enough support for another term and believes the race for speaker is over.

    Straus, a moderate Republican from San Antonio, has released the names of 122 lawmakers who he said have pledged him their vote for speaker.

    He is being challenged by Rep. Warren Chisum, a more conservative Republican, who said Wednesday that the race is not over.

    Straus said he feels "very good about the support I have from the Republican caucus" with pledges of support from 79 of the 99 elected Republicans.

    Chisum, a Republican from Pampa, told reporters Wednesday he'd like a closed GOP caucus meeting where Republicans can decide which speaker candidate to support before the House vote is held in January.

    Democrats provided a large part of Straus' support when he was elected in 2009.

    After Tuesday's election, Republican upped their slim House majority by more than 20 seats, giving them a stronger say in the speakership.

    Chisum said as speaker he wants to pass a measure similar to parts of the controversial Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration.