"You know, this evening we've seen a clear message from the voters, to the Washington insider special interest — 'don't mess with Texas.'"
Calling himself a Washington "outsider" Dewhurst says he wants to bring what he calls the "Texas conservative success story" to the nation's capital.
Before a cheering election night crowd here in Houston, Dewhurst said he would get rid of President Obama's health care plan. He said he also wants to curb spending and balance the federal budget without raising taxes.
"I'll put my real-life experience as a lifelong businessman to work in Washington to make sure that we repeal President Obama's job-killing regulations that are killing small businesses."
Dewhurst touted strong job creation in Texas, saying the state has gained over a million new jobs in the past decade.