Democratic challenger Chris Bell was projected to be second. Controversial independent Carole Strayhorn was third.
Independent Kinky Friedman, who insisted his campaign was not a joke, was a respectable fourth, CBS said.
Friedman was the founder of a satirical country band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys, and is the author of 17 mystery novels, but has never held elective office.
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