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The Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio: A photo gallery

There were lots of speeches, a contentious race for state party chair and a debate over the party's platform. Check out scenes from the 2018 Republican Party of Texas convention.

Workers sweep up confetti after Gov. Greg Abbott's keynote speech at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio…

This year, the Republican Party of Texas held its biennial convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Public business began on Thursday and continued through Saturday. There was a whirlwind of speeches, passionate delegates and tables full of merchandise — plus, the convention saw a fierce battle for chairmanship of the the state party. Texas Tribune reporters Patrick Svitek and Cassi Pollock were there, as were photographers Bob Daemmrich and Robin Jerstad. Here is a look at some of the scenes from three days of this colorful exercise in democracy, Texas style.

Thursday

Attendees at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio take part in the first day of the Republican Party of Te…
A handgun on his hip, Terry Holcomb waits to ask a question at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on Sa…
Bob Parks salutes the flag from the front row on the first day of the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on…

Chairman James Dickey speaks on the first day of the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on Saturday, June 1…
Vying for the chairmanship of the state Republican Party, Cindy Asche gives a speech at the Republican Party of Texas conven…

Left to right: Jim Graham of Texas Right To Life, James Dickey, RPT chairman, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and …

Friday

Delegates listen to speeches from party chairman candidates and offer procedural votes at the Republican Party of Texas conv…

Gov. Greg Abbott gives the keynote Friday speech at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on June 15, 2018.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gives a keynote speech to the delegates in the convention hall at the Republican Party of Texas convent…

San Antonio, Texas June 15, 2018:  Action on Friday at the second day of the Texas Republican Convention in San Antonio as A…
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush talks to the press at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on June…

Party officials count ballots for the chairman's race between incumbent James Dickey and challenger Cindy Asche at the Repub…
James Dickey give his victory speech after winning a rancorous battle against challenger Cindy Asche for the chairmanship of…

Saturday

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stands silhouetted onstage as he waits to deliver his speech to delegates at the Republican Party of Texa…

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz delivers his speech to assembled delegates at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on …

Members of the state House of Representatives Texas Freedom Caucus at the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antoni…
Delegate Elizabeth Victory listens to discussions during the final afternoon of the Republican Party of Texas convention in …

Delegate Jack Finger of San Antonio looks for platform support in the closing hours of the Republican Party of Texas convent…
Delegates leave during the final hours of the Republican Party of Texas convention in San Antonio on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

As the convention winds down, delegates get their picture taken in front of the Texas flag-themed GOP elephant during the fi…

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