Will Hurd Survives Close Race Against Gina Ortiz Jones
The race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District is finally over after Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones conceded to incumbent Republican Congressman Will Hurd. The final tally had Hurd up by fewer than 1,200 votes, about 0.5% of all those cast. Ortiz Jones appeared to be readying for a recount, but after canvassing the district in recent days, she acknowledged that: “we came up short this time.” Ortiz Jones wished “Will Hurd the courage to fight for TX-23 in the way in which our district deserves,” in a statement Monday. Hurd, the only Black male in the House GOP and a former undercover agent for the CIA, also released a statement in which he thanked his opponent and her supporters for engaging in the democratic process. “To thrive, our democracy needs a vigorous competition of ideas, and whether you voted for me or not, I will need your help,” Hurd said. “To the residents of TX-23, thank you for giving me something that hasn’t happened in over a decade, the privilege of representing you for a third term. I will continue fighting for you every day in Congress.” More here.