Meanwhile, Democrats Mike Collier and Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) are headed for a runoff after no candidate received a majority in the party’s primary.
With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Beckley had received 30 percent of the vote while candidate Carla Brailey had received 28 percent. Beckley is leading Brailey by just over 21,000 votes, according to the Texas Secretary of State.
Collier is leading with 42 percent of the ballots, and Decision Desk projected that he and Beckley would advance to the runoff.
Patrick and Collier previously faced off during the 2018 general election, and the incumbent defeated the challenger by less than 5 percent of the vote. The 2018 election was the first midterm since former President Trump took office. This time around, Patrick and the Democratic nominee will compete in President Biden’s first midterm election.
Patrick fended off challenges from five opponents, including Daniel Miller, the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement. Miller received only 9 percent of the vote.
“The people of Texas have spoken with one conservative voice, confirming what we already know. Texans are committed to keeping our state on its conservative path,” Patrick said in a press release thanking voters for renominating him.
The lieutenant governor won the nomination with 75 percent of the vote while all of his opponents received less than 10 percent of the ballots.
Beckley sought the state’s second-most powerful position after the Texas Legislature drew her House district to be more favorable to Republicans. Brailey is the vice-chair of the Texas Democratic Party.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."