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Straus: I Will Still Be Speaker

Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM CDT
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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.

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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.

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.

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