Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan Survives Primary Despite Backlash over Paxton Impeachment

Dade Phelan and Ken Paxton

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan was projected to win his primary on Tuesday night, defeating challenger David Covey in a closely watched runoff primary that centered around the state House’s impeachment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Phelan was projected to win the primary in the state’s 21st district, with 50.7% of the vote to Covey’s 49.3%, according to the Associated Press. Phelan’s victory comes after he was forced into a runoff in March, according to WFAA, where he secured the second highest amount of votes, while Covey finished first. Covey’s popularity partly comes from the backing of former President Donald Trump, and Paxton.

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