By Bill O'Neil
It wasn't even close--State Senator Dan Patrick cruises to a runoff win over incumbant David Dewhurst in the fight for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor--the victory coming eleven months to the day after Patrick launched his campaign.
"My voice is not going to the Office of Liuetenant Governor come November when we beat the Democrats--the people's voice is going to the Office of Lieutenant Governor" Patrick told an excited crowd of supporters as he claimed victory.
The State Senator from Houston said his priorities as Lieutenant Governor would include water, border security, and more.
"The people of Texas have given us a mandate tonight to get property taxes lowered" Patrick said to applause, as he now moves to a faceoff with fellow State Senator from San Antonio Leticia Van de Putte.
Other Tuesday night winners include Ken Paxton--who defeated Dan Branch in the fight for the GOP nomination for Attorney General--the seat being vacated by Greg Abbott as he runs for Governor. The battle to replace outgoing Agriculture Commissioner is also set--with Sid MIller defeating Tommy Merritt for the Republican nomination, and JIm Hogan turning back "Kinky" Friedman for the Democratic nod.
The Republican nominee for Railroad Commissioner will be Ryan Sitton after he defeated Wayne Christian.
In the battle for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, party favorite David Alameel easily defeated Lyndon Larouche disciple Kesha Rogers--who had openly called for President Barack Obama's impeachment during her campaign.
On the U.S. House side, the Republican nomination goes to Will Hurd--who scored an easy win over former Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco--hours after Hurd told 550 KTSA News he wouldn't have been surprised if the race was decided by just a couple of hundred votes. Long-time GOP Congressman Ralph Hall's time in Washington will come to an end after his defeat at the hands of challenger John Ratcliffe.
In Bexar County, the race for County Commission Precinct Four is set--with Tommy Calvert defeating Debra Guerrero for the Democratic nomination.
"Tonight is really avictory for the people--and I'm so excited about the work that we're going to be able to do together" Calvert told 550 KTSA News. He will go on to face KIrby Mayor Tim Wilson--who defeated Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter for the Republican nomination.
"We just put our shoes on and went out and hit the doors" Wilson said of his victory.
The winner in November will fill the seat being vacated by outgoing Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.