Vote counting continues in Texas as counties process thousands of absentee ballots that arrived the day after Election Day (as permitted by law), provisional ballots that were cured by the voter and overseas military ballots, which will continue to be accepted through the weekend. This is routine practice. It happens after every election, and it could conceivably change results of very close elections.

In Tarrant Co., the recently counted votes lifted Joe Biden ahead of President Trump by 427 votes. If that result were to hold, Biden would become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the county since 1964.

House Speaker: Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) has withdrawn from the Speaker’s race, clearing the field for Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), who earlier in the day announced he was up to 106 supporters among the members and members-elect.

Phelan announced that former Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) would lead his transition team.

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