A seemingly divided GOP fills Fort Worth for state convention
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Many of the thousands of Texas Republicans, including delegates from across the state, are in Fort Worth this weekend for the GOP convention. Most of the state’s Republicans say they're working on unifying their message.
The most highly contested GOP race this election year is the runoff for US Senate. It seems Tea Party-backed candidate, Ted Cruz, drummed up more support at the convention Thursday than his runoff contender, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Gov. Perry was met with boos and chants of ‘Cruz’ when he addressed the crowd in the later hours of the morning, speaking of his support for Dewhurst. In comparison, the governor also touted his backing of the Tea Party.
"Right here is where the conservative cause is the strongest and the voice of the Tea Party is the loudest," Gov. Perry said. "We need more conservative Texans in Washington in DC, including my friend David Dewhurst."
The Tea Party has evolved since it burst onto the scene in 2008, a movement now with various interpretations and different representatives within this same arena.
"I think he [Gov. Perry] kind of disenfranchised his Tea Party supporters by endorsing Dewhurst," Israel Freeland with the Travis County Alternate said.
Many in attendance to the convention still stand strong behind Texas Congressman Ron Paul for president, but say that doesn't mean the party is divided.
"There's division among every great organization, like the Republican Party, but we can come together and will come together,” El Paso delegate Mary Holsmley said.
Perry did make it clear who has his vote for the top seat in Washington.
"I'm going to cast my vote for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States," the governor said.