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State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, urged the GOP to focus on appealing to Hispanic voters, emphasizing that the 'ultimate survivability of the Republican Party' is at stake, in an Austin speech to young Republicans Thursday evening.

With the battle over the expanding Hispanic electorate increasingly taking center stage in the Texas political scene, Villalba has pushed his message to expand the tent in a series of recent speeches across the state. Speaking at the Dave and Busters in North Austin, he was hosted Thursday by the Austin Young Republicans and Heart of Texas Young Republicans, with about 25 attendees.

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