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All but one of the Texas House's 101 Republican members met in caucus Monday afternoon. Seventy of the 100 members present indicated support for current House Speaker Joe Straus over challengers Warren Chisum and Ken Paxton.  


The actual vote will take place Tuesday as part of the House's first day of business. Most House Democrats are also pledged to Straus, and their support would ensure the majority (76 votes) needed for re-election.  


The Texas House and Senate convene at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 11, for the opening day of the 82nd Legislature.