(May 27, 2014) Republicans decided a bitter race between incumbent Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea party-backed challenger state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston Tuesday and Patrick emerged the winner.
Patrick was favored in the race against Dewhurst, who’s spent $5 million of his own fortune in a bid for a fourth term.
He faces Democratic State Rep Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio in November.
Patrick said he will campaign for votes in Democratic strongholds as he battles Democrat Van de Putte in November's election, venturing into Hispanic and African American neighborhoods in search of conservative support.
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, with whom he had just concluded a bitter campaign, 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.
"I'm coming,” he said.
Dewhurst issued a brief statement Tuesday night in which he said he would support the GOP ticket.
"The most important election this year is in November when conservative Republican values clash with the Democrat's flawed vision for Texas," he said.
"I am fully committed to supporting the full Republican ticket as they carry our message of fiscal discipline to the people of Texas who have benefited from our world-class economy.
"While the results of the run-off election are personally disappointing, I remain committed to keeping Texas strong, conservative and successful," he said.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, who's a Baylor University graduate and former Baylor student body president, won the GOP nomination for Texas attorney general Tuesday.
He defeated Dan Branch, a state representative from Dallas, in a bruising race.
Paxton is the favorite to replace Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor.
Paxton has weathered ethics attacks since the March primary and scrutiny over his work as an investment adviser and state regulators fined him $1,000 earlier this month for failing to make required disclosures.
Paxton will face Democrat Sam Houston in November.
David Alameel won the Democratic Senate runoff against Kesha Rogers, and will challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, this fall.
Alameel, a Dallas dental mogul and former major GOP donor, fell just short of winning a majority in a crowded primary field in March, forcing Tuesday's runoff.
The Democratic Party implored voters not to support Rogers, who wants to impeach President Barack Obama.
Alameel, who was born in Lebanon, traveled to Afghanistan in 2000 to negotiate with the Taliban about the possible handover of Osama bin Laden to U.S. authorities, but those talks stalled after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Alameel says money will be no object in the race.
He long donated to both parties, but now says Republicans are too extreme.
Central Texas voters decided a handful of local races, as well, including a GOP runoff for district clerk in Bell County between Susan Parker and Joanna Flores Staton, which Staton won.
No Democrat filed for the position.
In one closely-watched GOP race in North Texas, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, faced the toughest test of his long political career in a battle against a challenger who’s barely half his age.
Hall, 91, is the oldest congressman ever to serve.
He lost his bid for another term Tuesday to U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, 48 by a 16 percent margin.
No Democrats filed for the seat.
U.S. Senate Democratic
David M. Alameel
Lieutenant Governor, Republican
David Dewhurst I
Attorney General, Republican
Agriculture Commissioner, Republican
Agriculture Commissioner, Democratic
Richard "Kinky" Friedman
Railroad Commissioner, Republican
Texas House District 58, Republican
District Clerk Republican
Joanna Flores Staton
County Commissioner Precinct 4 Republican
Dickie Clary I
County Commissioner Precinct 2 Republican