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Ortiz Jones concedes to Hurd in District 23 nearly two weeks after election

November 19, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Will Hurd in Congressional District 23.

“While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud,” Jones said Monday. “I remain committed to serving my community and country, and I wish Will Hurd the courage to fight for TX-23 in the way in which our district deserves.”

The concession marks the end of a remarkably close race that was decided by around 1,000 votes — or half of a percentage point.

The district is a sprawling one, spanning from San Antonio to El Paso County. It is one of Texas’ few congressional swing districts.

Jones had vowed to ensure every outstanding ballot not counted on Election Day was accounted for.

The Hurd campaign has declared victory several times, including Friday, after Bexar County — the district’s largest — released its updated results. At that point, the campaign said Hurd had a lead of around 900 votes with only six ballots outstanding.

“The people of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas made their voices heard and clearly chose Will Hurd to represent them in Congress for a third term,” Justin Hollis, Hurd’s campaign manager, said then.

Dylan McGuinness covers local politics and the Bexar County government for the Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net  | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness

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