HOUSTON -- Senator Dan Patrick said he will ask Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson for their support if he wins the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor Tuesday night.

This race has been brutal over the last 11 weeks filled with negative ads.

Former primary opponent Jerry Patterson even released Patrick's mental health records recently.

Still, Patrick told News 8, that if he defeats the long-time incumbent, David Dewhurst, that he will still ask Dewhurst and Patterson to support him in November.

'It's all forgiven in my view,'Patrick explained. 'It's in the rear view mirror. Let's move on and let's all work together to defeat the Democrats. They're our real opponent.'

Patrick finished first in a field of four candidates in the March 4 primary but didn't get enough votes to avoid a runoff with Dewhurst -- who is running for his fourth term.

Patrick said internal polls show if he wins the Republican nomination, he is 17 points ahead of Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee.

Polls close statewide at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


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