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Republican Convention Boos Gov. Rick Perry

Republicans at odds at convention

By Will Weissert
|  Monday, Jun 11, 2012  |  Updated 12:37 PM CDT
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Republican Convention Boos Gov. Perry

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The Texas Republican Convention began with a chorus of boos for Gov. Rick Perry -- himself a Republican.

It ended with two candidates in a fierce battle for the GOP's U.S. Senate nomination trading barbs in dueling floor speeches.

So much for party unity.

Fellow Republicans were often at-odds during their three-day convention in Fort Worth.

The main fight centered around the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison between tea party darling Ted Cruz and mainstream Republican favorite David Dewhurst.

The pair are headed to a July 31 runoff, with the winner almost certain to prevail in November's general election.

Still, party delegates put aside their differences long enough to approve a party platform softening the Texas GOP stance on immigration, and endorsing a guest-worker program.

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