Tea Party Conservatives Win Top GOP Runoff Contests

Tea Party-backed candidate state Sen. Dan Patrick became the Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor on Tuesday, soundly defeating three-time incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bitterly fought runoff election. 

"For everyone watching tonight, if you love America, the Constitution, Texas, free markets, the Second Amendment and the liberty that comes from God, welcome to the grassroots of the Republican Party," Patrick told a cheering crowd in Houston. 

Patrick cruised to victory, beating Dewhurst by more than 30 percentage points.  

“We were prepared and we worked hard and we’ve been tested,” Patrick said. 

He will face state Sen ...

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