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With a Difference of 700 Votes, the Hurd-Ortiz Jones Race Is Too Close to Call 

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The U.S. House race between incumbent Republican Will Hurd and Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones is too close to call this morning — even after media outlets (including the Current) last night projected a Hurd victory.

During overnight vote tallies, Ortiz Jones inched ahead of her opponent, only to have him pull back into a razor-thin lead. Meanwhile, news organizations around the country were forced to retracted projections for District 23, which includes part of San Antonio and a long swath of the U.S.-Mexico border.

With all precincts counted, Hurd leads Ortiz Jones by 700 votes, which is within the margin where either candidate can request a recount under state law. Ortiz Jones' campaign issued a statement saying it "won’t stop working until every provisional ballot, absentee ballot and military or overseas ballot has been counted.”

Many projected a tight race for the district, which frequently flips between Democrats and Republicans. Hurd, its first U.S. Representative in eight years to have served two terms, won his 2016 victory by a similarly slim margin: 3,000 votes.

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