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Gina Ortiz Jones Invited to Attend Freshman Orientation for Congress Even Though Race Against Will Hurd Isn't Final 

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The race between Will Hurd and Gina Ortiz Jones for the District 23 congressional seat just got a little more interesting.

On Wednesday, Ortiz Jones attended an orientation for first-time members of congress in Washington, D.C. Except, her race against incumbent Hurd has yet to be called. And she's more than 1,000 votes behind the Republican, too.

In actuality, Ortiz Jones wasn't crashing the party or the group picture of incoming representatives. According to a press release from her campaign, the John Jay graduate was invited by the Committee on House Administration.

"Gina Ortiz Jones was invited to a new member orientation by the Committee on House Administration and, as her race is still ongoing, she will continue to put in the work and make sure Texas are well-represented – this means fully participating in orientation," the statement read.

Courtney Parella, a spokeswoman for the committee, said candidates in undecided races are allowed to participate in events on Capitol Hill.

Hurd also released a statement on Ortiz Jones attending the orientation.

"Gina Jones attending orientation is an act of desperation that ignores the will of the voters and provides a convenient excuse to take a taxpayer-funded trip back home to Washington. She should immediately reimburse taxpayers for any expenses from this self-serving decision," the statement said. "Will Hurd has won this race and maintains a lead that is larger than the number of uncounted ballots in TX-23."

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