HOUSTON – State Sen. Dan Patrick’s win over incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff Tuesday likely means the eventual end of a yearlong effort to impeach Wallace Hall, the regent of the University of Texas System whose investigation of political influence in the admissions process had threatened several top lawmakers.

In a debate May 20, Patrick called for an investigation into admissions favoritism at the University of Texas School of Law, calling it “a potential huge scandal in the making,” one “that can bring down the whole law school.”

While Gov. Rick Perry has defended Hall, saying last week that “Texans should be outraged by his treatment,” Patrick became the first high-ranking official to demand an investigation into the university’s practices. Most politicians who’ve gotten involved have taken the other side, blaming Hall for stirring up trouble.