Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones conceded Monday in her challenge to unseat U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, (R), ensuring a third term for Hurd in his battleground district.
“While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud,” Jones said in a statement. “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.”
In an election straight out of the 2000 presidential race, there were questions as to the validity of the election due to a late night change in the number of the votes cast in Medina County. That along with a large number of provisional ballots out forced the media to withdraw their call which was made a bit premature.
In the end, the margin narrowed by a little over 1000 votes, however, the margin needed to win was still too large.
Congressman Will Hurd will begin his third term on January 3, 2019.