Patrick defeats Dewhurst in Texas LG runoff

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was defeated in the Republican runoff for his job Tuesday, falling in defeat to state Sen. Dan Patrick, who ran to Dewhurst's right.

The defeat marks the second straight election cycle Dewhurst has suffered a disappointing loss. Once viewed as a rising Republican star, Dewhurst was upset by now-Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in a 2012 primary. With 9 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Patrick, who led Dewhurst 64 percent to 36 percent.

Patrick will now face state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) in the general election. He'll begin as the front-runner in the conservative-leaning state.

In the runoff for the Republican nomination for state attorney general, another conservative candidate, state Sen. Ken Paxton, easily defeated state Rep. Dan Branch.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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