The Texas Tribune reports:
Allen West, the firebrand former Florida congressman, has defeated Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey to lead the country’s largest state Republican Party.
West claimed victory shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday, while Dickey conceded about an hour later. The developments came during an early-morning round of voting among state Senate district caucuses at the party’s virtual convention.
“I wish Lt. Col. West the very best in this role,” Dickey, who had been running for a second full term, wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for the honor of serving as your Chair. Let’s win in November.”
Allen West — who once said “there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party [in Congress] that are members of the Communist Party” — is the new chairman of the Texas GOPhttps://t.co/d8yUFN5Pq4
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) July 20, 2020
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 20, 2020
— Allen West (@AllenWest) July 20, 2020