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Replacing DeLay: How Will It Be Done?

So how will DeLay’s Republican replacement be found?  His decision to resign will trigger a special election.

According to Roll Call: "Eric Thode, the outgoing chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party, said the Texas secretary of state’s office informed him that an eight-member committee will likely be in charge of selecting DeLay’s replacement as the GOP nominee in the Nov. 7 general election."

It is hard to predict who they might pick. However, committee’s tend to be conservative (in the sense that they tend to make safe and moderate choices). I think it’s unlikely that the GOP nod will go to one of the many mavericks who challenged DeLay. But then, the way this story has already played out, anything is possible …

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at

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