HOUSTON (AP/CBSDFW.COM) — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he’s called opponent Ted Cruz to concede the GOP primary race for U.S. Senate.
Dewhurst told supporters Tuesday in Houston that his campaign “got beat up a little bit, but we never gave up.” He thanked Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP establishment that backed him in the race.

Governor Rick Perry released a statement saying that “Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fought a valiant fight. I’m proud to call David my friend. He and I will stand shoulder to shoulder once again in the spring, fighting for Texas — the most conservative state in America.”

Dewhurst was soundly beaten Tuesday by Cruz, whose insurgent campaign was fueled by tea party support and funding from national conservative groups.

Dewhurst was once considered the strong favorite to win the GOP nod. But many conservatives attacked his stewardship of the Texas Legislature.

Dewhurst said Tuesday that he would not stop fighting President Barack Obama and trying to “recapture the freedoms” taken from Texans.

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