- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - Secessionists tried and failed to insert into the Texas Republican Party’s official platform language supporting “independence from the United States” - but not without causing a stir on the floor of the state convention.

Thousands of delegates were hammering out the party’s platform in Dallas on Friday when language was proposed backing secession.

That drew applause and Republican Party Chairman Tom Mechler was briefly booed when he cut off debate on a related matter.

The proposal was eventually handily defeated, though.

Efforts to insert secession language into the Texas GOP party platform have arisen previously, but didn’t spark so much applause on the convention floor.

On Thursday night, a GOP committee defeated by just two votes including in the party’s printed draft platform language supporting a referendum on Texas seceding.

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