Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst continues to lead the lieutenant governor’s primary race, but not with enough support to avoid a runoff.

A new pollcommissioned by Sen. Dan Patrick’s campaign, shows Dewhurst polling in first place with 40 percent. Patrick is in second, with 18 percent. Patrick’s campaign is praising the new numbers. Campaign officials say Patrick has gained four points on Dewhurst since May.

“These results show what I am seeing at events across the state,” said Patrick. “The voters are ready for new authentic conservative leadership in the Texas Senate and I am their candidate.”

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson are tied for third with four percent each.