Thousands turn out for Southern Republican Leadership Conference

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It was a good turnout for day two of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

The Cox Convention Center was busy with a mix of die-hard followers and those just getting a taste of politics.

In the back of an auditorium sat someone you might not expect to see at a political conference.

But, 17-year old Morgan Dunsmore says there's nowhere else she'd rather be.

"I actually love to see the candidates go in-depth about what they are here for and what their values are and actually connecting with their voters and telling voters why they should get elected, “ said Dunsmore.

Morgan says when she learned the conference was being held in Oklahoma City she jumped at the chance to volunteer.

This budding politician is already getting an early start.

"I founded a young conservative group for high school students.  We have 160 kids and what we do is write legislation and go to events like this," said Dunsmore.

She says she's excited so many others came out as well.

More than 2,000 registered for the conference.  Estela Hernandez, State Vice Chairman for OKC GOP, says the conference helps put the city on the map for politics.

"You will see its Oklahomans who are coming out. They care about the direction our country is heading,” said Hernandez.

It's being a part of that process that's so exciting for Morgan. Her advice to other teens: don't sit on the sidelines.

"It's crucial for them to get involved.  We need more people involved and there is a place for you at the table, “ said Dunsmore.

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