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Chisum picks up support from opponent

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There's one less conservative challenger to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' leadership.

State Representative Leo Berman had declared his candidacy for challenging the San Antonio republican.

Instead, the Tyler representative announced that he's withdrawing from the race and endorsing state representative Warren Chisum's candidacy.

Chisum entered the race last Wednesday, saying his experience is needed as lawmakers confront the mounting budget shortfall and contentious redistricting.

The Pampa republican says he wants to make sure experienced leaders are in place to tackle the budget shortfall in 2011, estimated to be $18 billion or more.

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