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FORTWORTH, Texas -- Thousands of Republicans are arriving at the Fort Worth Convention Center Thursday morning for the state GOP Convention.

Governor Rick Perry and Land Commissioner nominee George P. Bush will make the opening remarks when the convention gavels into session at 11 a.m.

Later Thursday in breakout sessions, Republicans plan to discuss ways to reach out to urban voters. They will also reveal a preview of legislation that might be introduced during the next legislative session in January.

Then on Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz addresses attendees. Afterwards, delegates will discuss the future of public schools, Republican members of the Texas Congressional Delegation will hold their own session, and the party will also talk about recruitment efforts for minorities.

Gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn all speak Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Those attending will likely notice crowds of open carry supporters. Gun activists will have a restricted area where they can protest for Second Amendment rights.

The convention will also decide who represents Texas at the Republican National Convention. Delegates will be scouting Dallas next week for the 2016 event.

Go here for more information on the Texas GOPConvention.

The Texas Democratic Convention will be held at the end of June. News 8 will also have coverage of that event.

E-mail: jwhitely@wfaa.com

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