2014 Texas GOP Convention in Photos


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    A tea party exhibition booth offers weary convention-goers a temporary moment of relief for a price.
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    An exhibition booth sponsored by a tea party group warns of the dangers of electromagnetic radiation.
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    For sale: Conservative literature for all ages.
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    On Thursday night, LGBT youth and allies protested outside the convention.
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    An LGBT rights protester carries a more colorful version of the Texas flag outside the state Republican convention.
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    About a dozen Texans with rifles staged a protest on Thursday.
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    A delegate at a packed anti-gay event snaps a photo of guest speaker Senator Ted Cruz.
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    Senator and lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick speaks in the Omni Hotel ballroom at an anti-gay event.
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    A booth operator explains his theory on the apocalypse and salvation to convention-goers.
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    A tea party booth cautions delegates about electromagnetic radiation present in the exhibition hall.
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    Agriculture commissioner candidate Sid Miller wields a guitar signed by his campaign treasurer, Ted Nugent, while speaking with delegates.
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    Land commissioner candidate George P. Bush may have had the largest sponsorship-based presence at the state Republican convention, but his enthusiasm wasn't entirely reciprocated.
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    A lonely standee of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul watches as more than 1,000 delegates line up for a photo op with Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz's photo op was scheduled during Paul's speech.
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    Buttons for sale in the exhibition hall. Sen. Ted Cruz's sold the quickest.
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    Devoted Ted Cruz supporters arrived more than an hour and a half early for the chance to snap a pic with the senator.
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    Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott delivers the keynote speech Friday afternoon.
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    Senator Ted Cruz cuts through the throng on his way to a photo op.
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    Hundreds of delegates flocked to Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's photo op.
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    Delegates celebrate during Greg Abbott's speech Thursday.
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    A bizarre decoration in a tea party booth lists merchandise prices.
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    A confetti cannon lets the auditorium have it following Attorney General Greg Abbott's speech.
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    Ted Cruz hobnobs with the media during an interview Friday afternoon.
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    A convention attendee sports an impressive array of Republican merchandise.
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    Governor Rick Perry kicked off the convention on Thursday morning.
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    Land commissioner candidate and convention sponsor, George P. Bush, speaks to the delegation Thursday morning.
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    The Fort Worth Convention Center was appropriately draped in red, white and blue for the state Republican convention.
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    The deals are too sweet to last but a single day at the convention exhibition hall.
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    The Dan Patrick booth in the convention expo offered valuable prizes in exchange for contact information.

Scenes and faces from the 2014 Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth. Read stories direct from the convention and politics writer Chris Hooks.

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