House GOP chairman narrowly survives primary challenge
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Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyCongress can retire the retirement crisis Social Security won't be able to fund full payouts by 2035 Treasury to miss Dem deadline for Trump tax returns 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 Davis RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday 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 FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresOvernight Energy: GOP lawmaker parodies Green New Deal in new bill | House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill | Park Service chief grilled over shutdown House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill Seven Republicans vote against naming post office after ex-Rep. Louise Slaughter MORE, all edged out primary challengers.

Other longtime incumbents including Reps. Joe Barton, Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonTexas New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress May brings key primaries across nation MORE, John Culberson and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google face tough questions on white nationalism | Nielsen's exit raisers cyber worries | McConnell calls net neutrality bill 'dead on arrival' | Facebook changes terms for EU data Republicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave YouTube shuts down comments on House hearing on white nationalism over hateful remarks MORE also easily fended off their GOP opponents.

In Alabama, Republican Reps. Martha RobyMartha Dubina RobyOcasio-Cortez: 'I was stopped because it was assumed I was an intern' Insurgency shakes up Democratic establishment Dem House candidate claims Russians tried to hack campaign website MORE and Bradley Byrne both successfully avoided runoffs against their primary challengers.