FORT WORTH (June 7, 2012)--Texas Gov. Rick Perry was booed Thursday at the state Republican Convention in Fort Worth as he reiterated his support for U.S. Senate candidate David Dewhurst.
Perry said Thursday that the country needs more conservatives in Washington like his friend Dewhurst, who has been lieutenant governor since 2003.
The statement drew loud and sustained boos from supporters of Dewhurst's opponent, former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.
The reaction partially drowned out Perry's cries of "Texas works! Texas works!" as he continued his speech.
Dewhurst and Cruz face off in a runoff election July 31 for the Republican nomination to replacing retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Perry also repeatedly applauded the tea party in his convention speech, but many top tea party leaders across Texas and the U.S. are supporting Cruz.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Houston, will lead a breakout session in the afternoon titled "Uniting Republicans and Balancing the Federal Budget."
The convention runs until Sunday and also includes speeches by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Wisconsin U.S. Rep Paul Ryan.