A rocky 12 months for the Texas GOP have compounded the challenges of a tough election cycle

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The Republican Party of Texas office in downtown Austin. Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

John Cornyn had an important message for Texas Republicans.

"I'll be blunt — because I know I'm among friends here," the U.S. senator told delegates to the virtual state GOP convention last weekend. "Republicans are facing the greatest electoral challenge we've faced in the last five decades."

There was one problem with Cornyn's speech, though: Delegates could not entirely hear it. The convention livestream was cutting back and forth every few seconds between Cornyn and a committee meeting that was happening at the same time.