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Will Hurd defeats challenger Gina Ortiz Jones to keep U.S. House seat

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Left: U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, speaks at a town hall in Alpine on Sept. 16, 2018. He stopped in the city as part of his annual end-of-summer swing through the district. Right: Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democratic nominee challenging Hurd, smiles as she is introduced during a Women at the Top Rally in San Antonio on Sept. 23, 2018. Patrick Svitek: Hurd/Robin Jerstad: Ortiz Jones

After a long election night, it appeared on Wednesday morning that U.S. Rep. Will Hurd would be keeping as seat in the 23rd Congressional District.

The latest results on the Texas Secretary of State website showed Hurd leading challenger Gina Ortiz Jones by 689 votes with 100% of the precincts counted.

Hurd acquired 49.11% of the vote with 102,903 votes, compared to Ortiz Jones with 48.78% of the vote with 102,214 votes; the slimmest of margins.

Hurd sent out a statement about winning such a tough re-election.

With all precincts reporting, I’m proud to have won another tough re-election in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. This was a historic election with almost 210,000 people voting and a statewide Democratic candidate getting over 48% of the vote for the first time in decades. Even though I was outspent by my opponent, I stand as the only Texas Republican to win re-election in a district carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016. I'm proud to be the first person to hold this tough seat three elections in a row for more than two decades. I'm ready to get back to work for my constituents.

During the overnight hours, it had appeared that Ortiz Jones had defeated Hurd, but the SOS office said some of the results from Medina County were entered incorrectly. Once the correction was made, Hurd scored the victory.

Hurd says he will continue to work with Democrats in the U.S. House to reach compromise.

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