Gina Ortiz Jones

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Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones Concedes 23rd Congressional District Race To Republican Will Hurd

November 20, 2018 - 10:58 am

By Chris Fox

AUSTIN (KRLD) - After almost two weeks since the mid-term elections, the Texas 23rd Congressional race is finally over. San Antonio Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded to Republican Will Hurd.

On election night Hurd declared victory. The election then tightened as the remaining ballots were counted. At one point, Ortiz Jones was even leading the race before Medina County corrected a vote reporting error. Ortiz Jones then pursued the counting of provisional, military and mail-in ballots saying, “This is about making sure that every vote is counted. Just because you again voted provisionally does not mean you should be denied the ability to have your ballot cured and counted.”

Her fight to extend the recount efforts ended after a judge rejected her attempt for a 48-hour extension to count any additional provisional ballots.

On Monday morning (November 19) Ortiz Jones conceded the race to her Republican opponent.

“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. We worked hard to make this a reality, understanding this is the only path toward the more perfect union that our founders envisioned.

While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud. 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 responded with a statement thanking Ortiz Jones.

"I want to thank my opponent and her supporters for engaging in the democratic process. 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."