HOUSTON— Sen. Dan Patrick’s campaign people were a little nervous Tuesday afternoon. They were afraid the room could be too small to handle the crowd for what full they expected to be a victory party.
Patrick himself stopped short of predicting victory as he worked the polls in the rain Tuesday. All he would say is, “It looks good.”
But he couldn’t help talking like a magnanimous winner, saying he plans to reach out to his Republican opponents in this nasty race for lieutenant governor.
“Ronald Reagan said, ‘I don’t have enemies, I have opponents.’ And you’ve heard me say so many times, I’m a Christian first. I’m trying to walk that talk. So it’s all forgiven in my view. 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 opponents,” said Patrick.
Patrick said his own polling shows him leading the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte by 17 percentage points.
He’s trying to avoid sounding over-confident, but Patrick is already looking ahead to the general election in November.