Patrick coasts to victory over Dewhurst (Houston Chronicle)

Photo Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

Photo Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

By Mike Ward, David Saleh Rauf

State Sen. Dan Patrick, riding a wave of tea-party populism from relative obscurity as a Houston radio talk-show host to statewide prominence in just eight years, defeated incumbent David Dewhurst Tuesday to win the Republican nomination to become Texas’ next lieutenant governor.

Dewhurst conceded defeat in a phone call to Patrick shortly after 8:30 p.m. He did not immediately promise to support Patrick.

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