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Texas Delegates Split Over Support for Donald Trump

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    The 2016 Texas State Republican Convention is underway in Dallas, during a contentious race for president. (Published Thursday, May 12, 2016)

    The 2016 Texas State Republican Convention is underway in Dallas, during a contentious race for president.

    Gov. Greg Abbott, who backed Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid, was among the speakers on Thursday. While Abbott did not mention likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by name, he did call for party unity.

    "America does not have the luxury to get this election wrong. Republicans must unite to prevent Hillary (Clinton) from continuing the Obama agenda from destroying our constitution," said Abbott.

    There is a Trump booth at the convention, and although he has no scheduled appearance, he appears to be picking up support.

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    Robert Stovall, the chairman of the Bexar County Republican Party, is a delegate who originally supported Cruz for president.

    "Absolutely, I am going to support our nominee," Stovall said.

    Sara Legvold, of Keller, said she isn't so sure people will get on board with Trump.

    "It's hard to say at this point. I am praying that they do," said Legvold.

    There is a large Cruz booth at the convention, too. Cruz is expected to speak on Saturday, a homecoming after his presidential run ended.

    Dianne Williams, who is also running to be a national delegate, is not ready to support Trump. She holds out hope for a contested convention.

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    "I plan to support the values and principles that Ted supports," said Williams.

    The convention runs through Saturday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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