Patrick, Now in Driver's Seat, Credits Grass Roots

Almost eight years ago, before he became a state senator, Dan Patrick was known around the Texas Capitol as the Houston talk radio host who had once shouted down a powerful committee chairman in the middle of a legislative hearing.

Now Patrick, a Republican, is in prime position to control its most powerful post. He is the front-runner in a Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor in May after a primary in which he finished 13 points ahead of the incumbent, David Dewhurst, who received just 28 percent of the vote. The runoff winner will be a strong favorite in ...

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