Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's political career may have ended tonight, as the incumbent in the state's powerful second-in-command post lost his primary runoff race to State Sen. Dan Patrick, according to the Associated Press. Although Patrick ran as a Tea Party challenger to Dewhurst, both men are quite politically conservative. Patrick, who led in votes after the first round of primary voting earlier this year, is a talk show host in the state. Dewhurst has been Lieutenant Governor since 2003.
This is actually the second time in two years that Dewhurst (who as the Washington Post notes was once a rising star on the national field) has lost a race to a Tea Party candidate. The first time was in 2012, when Dewhurst ran against and lost a Senate race to none other than Ted Cruz. Earlier, Dewhurst said that his 2014 bid for re-election would be his last. He's right, but likely not for the reasons he hoped. According to the Associated Press, Dewhurst spent $5 million of his own money on his re-election bid. The campaign leading up to today's vote turned bizarre and personal in recent weeks, including an attack ad from the Dewhurst camp featuring Patrick singing a parody of "Let it Go."