SAN ANTONIO -- As Republicans continue to seek party unity to defeat Democrats in November, one part of the party that can’t be ignored – millennials.
That’s young people born between 1981 and 1996. According to PEW research, they could soon become the largest voting bloc in the nation, and nationally millennials have tended to vote for Democrats.
“We’re going to be around for a while. At the same time, we’re voting in larger numbers. The Democrats are doing really well with millennials,” said Brian Bodine, chairman of the Texas Young Republicans. “Trump by no means got anywhere close.”
Millennials held their own meeting at the Texas Republican Party Convention in San Antonio. Delegate Chris Ford said the younger generation of Republicans is different when it comes to looking at social issues.
“I think you see the millennials tending to be a lot more inclusive in the party,” Ford said. “I think that’s how we should be. We’re the party of liberty. You can have the liberty to do what you want in your private life.”
Hear more from Texas Republican millennials and their push to keep control of the party on Capital Tonight at 7.
After a long and dramatic delegate floor fight, James Dickey was re-elected Chairman of the largest Republican Party in the country.
But his challenger, Cindy Asche, didn't go down easily.
In fact, she got a re-vote only to be beaten out again by Dickey.
Republicans have been preaching party unity during the convention, but nowhere has the division been more front and center than the race for party chair.
Asche has criticized Dickey over the party's finances and his involvement in the movement to deny Donald Trump the nomination at the national convention.
But Dickey's since gotten behind Trump and told delegates it’s time to move forward united.
"Whether you voted for me this morning or not, whether you voted this afternoon or not, we are all Texas Republicans,” Dickey said. ‘And we have a singular goal in front of us, in November, to beat the Democrats."
Watch Capital Tonight at 7 p.m. for the latest on day 2 of the Texas Republican convention.