HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Dan Patrick saluted the Tea Party during his victory speech as he unseated longtime Republican incumbent Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.

The state Senator from Houston began the night with a commanding lead statewide and in North Texas, and he never looked back.

Analysts say the main reason for Patrick’s big win in the runoff is all the support from Tea Party members and grassroots conservatives.  Patrick said it was his conservative message that also won.

He pledged to secure the border with Mexico, improve the state’s education system, and lower property taxes.  Patrick said Republicans gave him a mandate.  He also vowed to invest in water and transportation all while reducing the state’s debt.

Patrick’s run-off against Dewhurst was heated and nasty.  Patrick accused the Dewhurst campaign with making personal attacks against him.

Last night, Patrick said he will now now focus on November, and was pleased that Dewhurst promised to do everything he could to help him beat the Democratic nominee, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio this fall.

In a statement Tuesday night, Van De Putte said, “Throughout this campaign and as the results came in tonight, I have been receiving calls from business leaders concerned about the future of our state. Like Texas business owners, and Texans across this entire state, I know it’s time politicians like Dan Patrick put their toxic rhetoric to rest.”

Patrick vowed to campaign on the issues, and warned Democrats that he’s going to be actively campaigning in the Latino and African-American communities in an effort to win-over Democratic supporters.

That drew big cheers from his own supporters Tuesday night.

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