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Dewhurst Claims Victory

David Dewhurst
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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking at the Texas GOP election night party in Buda.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has delivered his victory speech already at the Republican night watch party in Buda. With 2,844 of 8,461 precincts reporting, Dewhurst led his Democratic challenger Linda Chavez-Thompson 64 percent to 33 percent. 

From the Dewhurst campaign:

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Wins Re-Election   AUSTIN, TX– Tonight, Republican David Dewhurst released the following statement after winning re-election to a third term as Texas Lt. Governor: “This election wasn't about any one candidate, or actually any one political party.  It was about who will govern – Washington or we the people?  Tonight, we're taking back our country, and tomorrow, we will start taking power away from Washington and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs. “We'll start right here in Texas, by passing a resolution out of the Texas Senate, insisting that Washington pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  And we'll keep working hard, creating jobs, balancing the budget, improving public education and working to secure our borders – all things Washington has failed to do the last four years under Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. “Here in Texas, we will balance our budget in 2011 by working together, and protecting essential services, just like we did in 2003, without raising taxes “We'll also put the brakes on Obamacare, because we all know that Obamacare is a dead end.  It doesn’t improve health care, it rations it. It costs too much. It grows government, and worst of all, it’s unconstitutional. “This new Congress needs to look to Texas as a shining example of what we can do when we approach challenges with common sense and conservative principles, and only use government as a last resort.”  

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.