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Patrick beats 3-term Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

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DALLAS - State Sen. Dan Patrick has defeated three-term incumbent David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for Texas lieutenant governor.

The firebrand radio talk show host won a bruising campaign that had boiled down into personal attacks in recent weeks, including revelations that he had been treated for depression in the 1980s.

Patrick advances to the November general election to face Democratic nominee state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio.

Patrick rode a wave of tea party support in the chase for one of the most powerful political jobs in Texas as both he and Dewhurst jockeyed over who was more conservative.

The loss likely ends Dewhurst's political career. The Houston energy mogul has held statewide office since 1999 but has said this would probably be his final campaign.


Patrick Looks Ahead

Patrick says he'll campaign for votes in Democratic strongholds as he battles Van de Putte in November's election.

He said his campaign will venture into Hispanic and African American neighborhoods in search of conservative support and contest Democrats for votes.

His comments to supporters in Houston came shortly after Dewhurst called to concede the race Tuesday night and pledge his active support in the general election campaign.

Patrick gave thanks to Dewhurst and gave thanks to tea party activists for their grassroots support. He said that if Democrats had hoped for his nomination, they got their wish and, in Patrick's words, "I'm coming."


Dewhurst Concedes

Dewhurst says he is comforted knowing that Texas "is a better place than when we found it."

The emotional incumbent thanked a group of about 100 supporters Tuesday evening in Houston and said he planned to support Patrick in the fall election.

Critics had accused Dewhurst of becoming too entrenched and moderate after 11 years in office.

Dewhurst told reporters that he plans to devote time to his energy company.

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