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Dewhurst “Cautiously Optimistic” About Runoff Election

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HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A CBS 11 News crew is following the David Dewhurst campaign. The current Lieutenant Governor will be watching the runoff election results from Houston.

A podium set up on a stage at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center is where Dewhurst is expected to greet his crowd of supporters later tonight. The incumbent in this race, Dewhurst is seeking his fourth term in office.

Earlier Tuesday Dewhurst told CBS 11 the he is cautiously optimistic. We caught up with him as he greeted voters at a Houston polling place.

Most political analysts are predicting Dewhurst will lose the office he’s held for 12 years. But he told CBS 11 his campaign’s polling shows him ahead in the race.

Two years ago the Lt. Governor found himself in a similar position — a primary runoff for US Senate. Dewhurst was looking to fill the seat vacated by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Bu the then political favorite came up against Ted Cruz – and lost.

During the senate race, the Cruz campaign labeled Dewhurst a moderate. Today, when asked if he thinks that label has stuck Dewhurst said, “That was thrown against me in the Senate race. Everyone knows I’m not a moderate. Everyone knows I’m conservative. If I was a moderate, our economy in Texas wouldn’t look as strong as it does.”

Dewhurst did say that he’s also worried wet weather across the state might keep voters at home.

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