Gina Ortiz Jones concedes Texas congressional race to incumbent Will Hurd

    Gina Ortiz Jones is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes. (Photo: The Texas Tribune)

    Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones conceded the race for Texas' 23 Congressional District Monday to Republican incumbent Will Hurd.

    “Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal - equally deserving to be heard at the ballot box and served in our communities," Ortiz Jones said in a statement. "We worked hard to make this a reality, understanding this is the only path toward the more perfect union that our founders envisioned.

    Ortiz Jones was 1,150 votes behind Hurd for Texas' 23rd Congressional District.

    "While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud," Ortiz Jones said. "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."]

    Hurd thanked Ortiz Jones in a statement after the concession.

    "I want to thank my opponent and her supporters for engaging in the democratic process," Hurd said. "To thrive, our democracy needs a vigorous competition of ideas, and whether you voted for me or not, I will need your help. I also want to thank my family, friends and staff for all their help and support. 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."

    Ortiz Jones filed a court motion last week to get the election administrator to release the list of provisional voters, but a judge denied the motion. She was seeking a 48 hour day, allowing voters to have their provisional ballots counted.

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