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GOP Hispanic Candidate for Statewide Office

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Even as Republicans insist they're committed to courting Texas' booming Hispanic population, they can claim just one Hispanic candidate for statewide office.

That candidate is a Bush  more famous for sharing a name with two former presidents than for having a mother originally from Mexico.

In fact, George P. Bush, who's running for land commissioner, stands out on a Republican statewide slate that otherwise consists of all white men. And many of those candidates have run as hard as they can to the right, some talking of militarizing the Texas-Mexico border.

Bush says having Hispanic candidates isn't as important as reaching out to Hispanic communities.

David Zapata, the Texas GOP's first Hispanic engagement director, says he's hired seven directors since last summer to boost outreach.