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Republican primary often most important election

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By CHRIS TOMLINSON
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In a state with 26 million people, the leaders of Texas are routinely chosen by 750,000 people.

That's roughly how many votes that Republican candidates have needed to win the nomination for governor in the last two primary elections.

The Republican primary has been the de facto election in Texas because Democrats haven't won a statewide office in 20 years.

GOP voters want "authentic conservatives" who support gun rights and the death penalty while opposing abortion and illegal immigration. They hate the Environmental Protection Agency and federal programs such as the Affordable Care Act and, but adore U.S. troops and Christian values. And they really don't like President Barack Obama.

When Abbott appeared with Nugent, he was trying to demonstrate his support for gun rights and anti-Washington rebels.

Chris Tomlinson is the AP's supervisory correspondent in Austin, responsible for state government and political reporting.

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