Texas House majority in limbo as election results come in

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Texas State Capitol. Jan. 8, 2019 Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

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Democrats and Republicans fighting for control of the Texas House appeared to be holding their numbers as early vote returns came in Tuesday.

With the GOP’s majority in the Texas House on the line and Democrats within striking distance of flipping the chamber for the first time in nearly two decades, the stakes of this general election are huge. The balance of power set in Tuesday’s election will define an upcoming legislative session that lawmakers say will be their toughest in years. The issues before them will include a budget strained by recession, state responses to the pandemic and a once-in-a-decade redistricting process — always a divisive and partisan affair.