Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Shreds Republican Challenger, Will Face Mike Collier in November

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is one step closer to clinching a second term after easily beating his Republican challenger Tuesday. He will face Democrat Mike Collier in the November general election.The race between Patrick, one of the most outspoken conservatives in the state, and self-described "rational Republican" Scott Milder wasn't even close. Patrick heads into the general with strong GOP support, statewide name recognition and millions in his campaign war chest. Patrick said his victory proves the far-right agenda he pushed in the Texas Senate last year is a winner among Republican voters."Without a doubt, when it comes to liberty and freedom, border security, property tax relief, protection of the Second Amendment, protecting life and religious liberties, Texans won't back down," he said in a prepared statement. "The conservative majority supports our conservative legislative agenda."While Patrick's victory was no surprise, he is also expected to hand victories to other Republicans hoping to win — or retain — their seats in the Texas Senate. These wins could push the Senate further right while also helping to consolidate Patrick's sway over that chamber. Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, will retain her seat and Pat Fallon looks to unseat incumbent Craig Estes of Wichita Falls. Both got Patrick's endorsements. Two other races are too close to call.In the Democratic primary election, Collier beat Michael Cooper. Collier, a CPA who ran an unsuccessful race for comptroller in 2014, has blasted Patrick for his education policies and fierce support of divisive social issues like the bathroom bill.From his campaign event, Collier said he was looking forward to fighting Patrick in the general election."Everyone in this state, regardless of party, who has a passion for education, must vote Democrat," he said. "They have elected public enemy No. 1!"  Continue reading...

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