Rep. Will Hurd, R.-Texas, claimed victory last week in the hard-fought race in Texas’ sprawling 23rd District.
But over the weekend, Democrat Gina Ortiz-Jones refused to concede and insisted the tight contest with Hurd was “not over” until every ballot was counted.
Following an Election Night in which Hurd was projected the winner by the Associated Press and Ortiz-Jones conceded defeat, late returns from heavily Democratic El Paso put the Democratic hopeful in the lead by 282 votes.
But the correction of the talley from one precinct in Medina County gave the lead back to Hurd by 689 votes. The final AP report showed two-termer Hurd leading former Air Force intelligence analyst Ortiz-Jones by 1,150 votes out of more than 104,000 cast.
It is unclear just how many absentee, provisional and military ballots must now be counted in the 800-mile, 29-country district. Given the closeness of the race—roughly half-a-percentage point—it is likely a recount will be ordered under Lone Star State election law.
If he survives the counting of the ballots, Hurd, a former CIA operative, will be the lone black Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. The other black GOP House member, Utah’s Mia Love, was defeated.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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