Patrick acknowledges depression treatment in '80s

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An already rancorous Republican primary runoff for Texas lieutenant governor continues escalating with leaked court documents showing that state Sen. Dan Patrick was hospitalized for depression in the 1980s.

Patrick in a statement acknowledged voluntarily admitting himself but said he hasn't needed additional treatment or medication in three decades. He slammed his opponent, Lt. David Dewhurst, for stooping "to a new low" just before early voting starts Monday.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the court transcripts were released by Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. He finished a distant fourth in March primary for lieutenant governor and has since endorsed Dewhurst.

Patrick finished 13 points ahead of Dewhurst in the March primary and has been the favorite to deny the three-term incumbent another four years.

The runoff is May 27.

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