HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is coming to grips with defeat after losing in a GOP runoff.

He said he is comforted knowing Texas “is a better place than when we found it.”

The three term incumbent jockeyed with State Sen. Dan Patrick over who was more conservative.

Dewhurst was defeated in Tuesday’s runoff for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor by Houston Sen. Dan Patrick, a fiery conservative talk radio host and founder of the Legislature’s tea party caucus.

The loss likely ends the political career of Dewhurst, one of the most powerful figures in the state for more than a decade.

An emotional Dewhurst thanked a group of about 100 supporters Tuesday evening in Houston and said he planned to support Patrick in the fall election.

Critics had accused Dewhurst of becoming too entrenched and moderate after 11 years in office.

Dewhurst told reporters that he plans to devote time to his energy company.

The Houston energy mogul has held statewide office since 1999 but has said this would probably be his final campaign.

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