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Counties are beginning to canvass the election results, which will make them official at the county level and open the period for any recounts to be requested or challenges to be filed. Counties and local jurisdictions must conduct their canvass by Tuesday. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) may conduct the state canvass as early as November 21, but he has until December 7 to do so.

House Speaker: In a statement, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) congratulated Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) “for securing the votes – including over 95% of the Republican caucus – to become the next Speaker of the Texas House.” Abbott called Phelan a “strong conservative” and said he looked forward to working with the House “on commonsense, conservative legislation.”

Abbott’s statement of support comes one day after Republican Party of Texas chair Allen West called Phelan a “Republican political traitor” while stating the party would “not support, nor accept” his speakership.

HD112: Democratic challenger Brandy Chambers conceded defeat to Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Garland), who is 222 votes ahead. In a statement, Chambers said she would not seek a recount “based on legal advice from the state party.”

CD24: Democratic challenger Candace Valenzuela conceded defeat to former Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne (R) in what turned out to be the state’s closest congressional race.

CD31: U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) filed a statement of candidacy for 2022, becoming the first Texan to do so, as far as we can tell.

Voter Fraud: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) said his campaign would offer up to $1M to “incentivize, encourage and reward” Texans for reporting incidents of voter fraud that lead to convictions.

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