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Monday, November 19, 2018

Gina Ortiz Jones Has Conceded in Race Against Will Hurd

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 12:56 PM

  • Courtesy of Will Hurd // Gina Ortiz Jones
Nearly two weeks after the midterm election, Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded defeat in her campaign to unseat Will Hurd in Texas Congressional District 23.

Though the Associated Press initially called the race on Nov. 6 for Hurd, late-night poll results indicated that the race was too close to call. San Antonio's neighboring Medina County had more Democratic votes than anticipated, causing the AP to withdraw its call.

The final count, as of press time, had Hurd with 102,903 votes. Ortiz Jones finished with 101,753 votes, giving Hurd a narrow 1,150 win.

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

Her concession comes after two weeks of waiting for all provisional ballots as well as military and overseas ballots to be counted. Last week, Ortiz Jones filed a court motion for the Bexar County election administrator to release the list of provisional voters, but her request was denied.

"Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal," Ortiz Jones said Monday. "We worked hard to make this a reality, understanding this is the only path toward the more perfect union that our founders envisioned."

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