Riding a wave of anti-Washington sentiment, Texas Governor Rick Perry defeated Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to win the Republican nomination in Tuesday's Texas primary elections.
With the results in from nearly all precincts, Perry took 51 percent of the vote to Hutchison's 30 percent. Perry, a favorite among social conservatives, is seeking his third four-year term.
"From Driftwood, Texas, to Washington, D.C. we are sending you a message tonight: Stop messing with Texas!" Perry said.
"We have fought valiantly for our principles, but we did not win," Hutchison said in Dallas on Tuesday night. "I will work with Gov. Perry and our fellow Republicans to keep Texas strong in the future."
Political analysts credit the governor with tapping into the anti-Washington atmosphere, slamming the federal government for spending, job losses and the health care debate.
"Texas voters said no to Washington bureaucrats ... and yes to leadership that controls spending, fights for individual freedoms and the United States Constitution," Perry told cheering supporters at a restaurant just outside Austin. "Hardworking Texans sent a simple, compelling message to Washington: Quit spending all the money!"
Perry will now go on to face former Houston Mayor Bill White in November. White, known as a calm, consensus builder easily defeated six opponents to win the Democratic primary.