House GOP chairman narrowly survives primary challenge
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Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyGraham: Ryan tax plan won’t get 10 votes in the Senate GOP's ObamaCare talking points leave many questions unanswered Tax reform, above all else, will secure our economic future MORE, the Texas Republican who chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, narrowly prevailed in a primary race on Tuesday.

The 10-term lawmaker eked out a projected win with 53 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press, just barely above the minimum of 50.1 percent to avoid a May runoff.

Tea Party-backed former Texas state Rep. Steve Toth finished in second place with 38 percent of the vote.

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Brady went up against three primary challengers after serving as the House Ways and Means Committee chairman only since November. In addition to Toth, he faced Craig McMichael, who challenged him in 2014, and Andre Dean, a retired lieutenant colonel.

Brady won the Ways and Means gavel last year after his predecessor, Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy Graham: Ryan tax plan won’t get 10 votes in the Senate MORE (R-Wis.), resigned to become Speaker. Brady had previously sought the post in 2014 but lost to Ryan at the time.

Tuesday was a good night for incumbent House Republicans in Texas, all of whom are projected to win and avoid runoffs.

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, along with Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill FloresBill FloresGOP's ObamaCare talking points leave many questions unanswered Republicans impatient with anti-Trump civil servants Republicans who oppose, support Trump refugee order MORE, all edged out primary challengers.

Other longtime incumbents including Reps. Joe Barton, Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonPhysician-owned hospitals: Competition that drives quality GOP bill would gut EPA Congress can finally reform Social Security. In fact, there's no choice. MORE, John Culberson and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertCongress must not pass Endangered Species reform bill Gohmert calls Yates 'a political hack' Dem Castro weighs challenge to Cruz MORE also easily fended off their GOP opponents.

In Alabama, Republican Reps. Martha RobyMartha RobyScandal complicates replacing Jeff Sessions Trump strikes fear into defense contractors WHIP LIST: Republicans breaking with Trump MORE and Bradley Byrne both successfully avoided runoffs against their primary challengers.