AUSTIN (AP) - Texas Republicans and Democrats are both holding their state conventions this week. They started Thursday and end Saturday, but one is definitely overshadowing the other.
The GOP group has some heavy-hitters, some with not-so-warm welcomes.
On day one, attendees heard from Congressman Ron Paul -- who called for party unity -- and Gov. Rick Perry -- who got boos from the crowd when he mentioned Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is in a tight runoff for U.S. Senate.
Friday there were more boos, as the woman leaving that Senate seat mentioned Mitt Romney. In her convention speech, Kay Bailey Hutchison said, "I'm plenty enthusiastic about Mitt Romney. It is time for us to rally around Mitt Romney."
Boos and shouts of "Ron Paul" were heard after she made that statement, though there were some applause.
Also on day two of the convention, speakers included the state's other U.S. Senator, John Cornyn, and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
Hermain Cain spoke to a group of young Republicans, and Rick Santorum will headline a private dinner Friday evening.
Dewhurst addressed the Texas Republican convention largely without boos, however. He faces a runoff election on July 31 against Ted Cruz, a former state Solicitor General and tea party favorite.
Some delegates walked out when Straus appeared with Republican state lawmakers and legislative candidates. But the cheers were louder than those leaving or trying to shout him down.
Rep. Brian Hughes, R-Marshall, has announced his intent to challenge Straus for the House leadership.
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