Stakes are high in successor to moderate Texas House speaker

FILE – In this July 18, 2017, file photo, Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, calls the House of Representatives to order in Austin, Texas. Straus, a powerful moderate voice that kept the country’s largest conservative state from moving even father to the right, abruptly announced Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, that he won’t seek re-election. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


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