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State Sen. Dan Patrick waves to supporters during a election-night watch party after the polls closed in the Republican primary runoff election on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Houston. Patrick defeated incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in their runoff campaign to claim the Republican spot on the ballot for lieutenant governor in November against Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle,  Smiley N. Pool)

State Sen. Dan Patrick waves to supporters during a election-night watch party after the polls closed in the Republican primary runoff election on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Houston. Patrick defeated incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in their runoff campaign to claim the Republican spot on the ballot for lieutenant governor in November against Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

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