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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Tea party-backed state Sen. Dan Patrick has been elected Texas lieutenant governor and will oversee the state Senate.

Patrick finished first in a bitter four-way Republican primary before crushing 11-year incumbent David Dewhurst in a runoff.

Get the latest election results here.

The Houston resident then bested Democratic state Senate colleague Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio on Tuesday. Patrick was the general election’s wire-to-wire front-runner.

A radio talk show host, Patrick also headed the Senate Education Committee. He’s a fierce proponent of school vouchers and charter schools.

Patrick has taken a hard-line stance on immigration, promising to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

In his victory speech Patrick boasted about how his and other Republicans wins prove that conservatism is what Texas voters want.

“Today, voters across this great state proved once again, that the conservative ticket prevails in the hearts of our fellow Texans,” said Patrick.

“People are looking for leaders that are bold on the issues that are most important to them.

“After 15 months of campaigning, including a strenuous primary, and a tough run-off with dozens of debates, over 1,500 meetings, phone calls, grassroots events and everything in between, today Texas voters sent a powerful message to the rest of the country – the liberal, Washington-style agenda my opponent so proudly boasted simply has no place in Texas.”

“Tonight’s decisive victory proves they picked the wrong battleground,” concluded Patrick.

Often confrontational, Patrick has vowed to cut property taxes but would consider raising sales taxes slightly.

Van de Putte sent out the following statement after the results were released:

“I am so fortunate and honored to have had so much support from Texans all across the state. I congratulate Dan Patrick on running a disciplined campaign. With the deepest love, I want to thank my supporters, donors, friends, and allies. Above all, I want to thank mi familia. This campaign and my service have always been about securing the future for the next generation, para mis hijos y nietos. I look forward to continuing to serve my community and this great state. Together we will never stop fighting. We will never stop sharing our dream. And we will never give up on the promise of Texas.”

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