AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - 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.
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