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The results are in: Who moves forward to November elections?

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(KLTV) - The results of Tuesday night’s statewide runoff elections could usher in a new era of further right-leaning politics in Texas, if the Tea Party voters have their way in voting booths across the state. One of the most high-profile runoffs that could bring about that change is in the lieutenant governor’s race. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst had a formidable challenger in Sen. Dan Patrick, the conservative talk radio host and founder of the legislature’s Tea Party; we now know that Dan Patrick has defeated David Dewhurst. Patrick received 64% of the vote in Tuesday night's runoff.

Dewhurst spent $5 million of his own money, according to the Associated Press, on his campaign, perhaps indicating that he felt the pressure Patrick brought to the election. Patrick has won over many conservative voters with his criticism of what he considers Dewhurst’s passive political style, including his failure to prevent Senator Wendy Davis’ abortion filibuster in 2013. That filibuster was key in gaining national attention for Davis, launching her run for the office of Texas governor. Davis will run against Republican Greg Abbott, the current Texas attorney general, as well as the Green Party’s Brandon Parmer and Libertarian Kathie Glass, for the office that the retiring Governor Rick Perry will vacate next year.

Dewhurst released the following statement after learning the results of Tuesday's voting: 

"The most important election this year is in November when conservative Republican values clash with the Democrat's flawed vision for Texas. I am fully committed to supporting the full Republican ticket as they carry our message of fiscal discipline to the people of Texas who have benefited from our world-class economy. While the results of the run-off election are personally disappointing, I remain committed to keeping Texas strong, conservative and successful."

In the Republican runoff for Texas attorney general, the big names were State Representative Dan Branch and State Senator Ken Paxton.  Paxton looked like a shoo-in to many until he began losing endorsements in recent weeks due to a business violation resulted in a $1,000 fine by the State Securities Board. That didn't seem to change the minds of voters, as Paxton earned 63% of the vote on Tuesday night. Paxton will face Democrat Sam Houston in the November election.

The Democrats had a runoff in the race for U.S. senator. The winner between Army veteran David Alameel, who owns a chain of successful dentist offices, and Kesha Rogers, an activist who is somewhat infamous for calling for the impeachment of President Obama, will face the formidable Republican John Cornyn in November.  We now know the winner of this race is David Alameel, who defeated Rogers by earning 72% of the vote in Tuesday night's runoff.

The U.S. House District 4 runoff  between longtime Congressman Ralph Hall, who has served in office since 1980, and former U.S. Attorney and Ex-Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe, was of interest to many voters on both sides of the aisle. Voters verified Tuesday that they are ready to allow Hall move on,  as he was defeated by John Ratcliffe, who earned 52% of the vote. Hall is the oldest-ever member of Congress.

Ratcliffe released the following statement following the announcement:

“I entered this race because I want a better path for America than the one that we’re on right now. Tonight, the voters of this district confirmed what I’ve been hearing on the campaign trail for the last six months. I thank Congressman Hall for serving us admirably, and wish him the best moving forward. I look forward to representing the 4th District of Texas in U.S. House of Representatives and fighting for the conservative values which I’ve defended throughout my career.”

The runoff for State Agriculture Commissioner pitted republicans Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller against each other, and democrats Kinky Friedman and rancher Jim Hogan faced off as well.  Friedman definitely has made a name for himself as an activist, author, country singer, and so-far unsuccessful politician. Unfortunately for Friedman, that lack of success continued Tuesday night, as he lost to Hogan; Hogan earned 55% of the vote. In the Republican runoff for Ag commissioner, Sid Miller won the nomination with 54% of the vote.

In the runoff race for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Former State Representative (and, interestingly, former country music singer) Wayne Christian faced off with oilfield engineer and businessman Ryan Sitton. Sitton was victorious, earning 57% of the vote on Tuesday night.

KLTV has posted all results at KLTV.com/elections.

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