AUSTIN (KXAN) – Dan Patrick defeated incumbent Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in Tuesday’s GOP nomination runoff election.
Patrick’s victory marks the end of a hotly contested battle between the two Republican candidates. Patrick goes on to face off against Democratic nominee State Senator Leticia Van De Putte.
The crowd cheered and chanted Dan Patrick’s name as his victory was announced at a Houston watch party. He later took the stage for his hard earned victory speech.
He says he spoke with Lt. Gov. Dewhurst on the phone and Dewhurst pledged to back Patrick in the general election.
“It was exactly 11 months ago today that we launched this campaign and first poll had us down 48 to 14,” Patrick told supporters in a victory speech. “But we thought it was the right time, with the candidate with the right, bold conservative message: secure border and lower property taxes. And we’re going to get that done.”
A Tea Party favorite, Patrick told reporters earlier Tuesday that he was confident going into the election.
Going into the evening, Dewhurst, the three-term incumbent, told reporters gathered in Houston that he was not sure how the race would end for the first time in his political career.
“Serving as your Lt. Governor for me has the been the second greatest honor I have ever, ever had other than Trisha saying yes,” Dewhurst said in his concession speech. ” I wanted to win this election for you,” Dewhurst said in his concession speech, “I wanted to win for you to keep government out of your lives.”
The Associated Press reported Dewhurst’s loss is likely the end of his career in politics. But, his term continues until December.
“During the next six months, I want to finalize what I have put in place,” Dewhurst said in an interview with KXAN’s Josh Hinkle. “That is a border security plan that will shut down the Texas border – from illegal immigration to human trafficking to drug trafficking and from transnational gangs.”