Shifting South: A Texas-sized Republican rift over Donald Trump

But that’s where they gathered on a recent Wednesday, chuckling at an opening prayer to keep President Barack Obama safe “because he recruits more Republicans than anyone.”

Speaker after speaker warned of Democratic voter fraud, trumpeted Republican crackdowns on immigration and urged skeptical conservatives — this is ground zero for supporters of Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz after all — to line up behind Donald Trump.

“Most of us are Cruz supporters, but at this point we have got to unite,” said Mark Ramsey, a member of the state GOP’s executive committee. “I finally put a bumper sticker for Trump on my car. It was time to cross that line.”

Read more: In land of Cruz, GOP message is ‘We have to go with who we have’

The rest of our Shifting South series:

The region: Why the South is anything but solid for either Clinton or Trump

Alabama: Why Alabama is Trump’s red-state constant

Virginia: Changing demographics drive Virginia’s purple reboot

North Carolina: A Trump-Clinton battle royale in a bitter battleground

South Carolina: Democrats enjoy a fleeting moment of parity

Shifting South: Political trends that shape the region


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