Texas GOP delegates hope to unify before summer

FILE: Republican activists gathered the Texas GOP convention. (KXAN Photo/Phil Prazan)
FILE: Republican activists gathered the Texas GOP convention. (KXAN Photo/Phil Prazan)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Several thousand Republican activists are home tonight after an eventful long weekend in Dallas for the Republican state convention. They meet every two years.

Thousands of GOP members voted on these 266 ideas. Plank by plank, for the first time ever, they went through and decided what the party stands for here in Texas. They range from mainstream to the controversial.

GOP activists voted and they want to ban red light cameras, they want no legal status for people who came here illegally, and instead of using bathrooms based on someone’s gender identity they want people to use the bathroom based on how they were born, going against a new directive from the White House.

“This is a modern day come and take it issue and the President of the United State like the Ft. Worth Superintendent are not coming to take our children,” said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at a press conference over the weekend.

“We are going to fight back,” said Governor Greg Abbott during his speech at the convention.

Governor Greg Abbott and other Republican leaders also had a tough task: to convince a convention hall full of Ted Cruz supporters to unify behind Donald Trump for President. Cruz dropped out of the race nearly two weeks ago but still stands as the home-state favorite.

“Republicans must unite to prevent Hillary and the Obama agenda,” said Governor Abbott.

They decided what they stand for and will send a delegation to Cleveland later in the summer. Many want to make the national party more like the Texas GOP then make their case when America goes to the polls in November.

To see the full Texas GOP platform, click here.

The Texas state democratic convention will be at the Alamodome in San Antonio in mid June.

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