SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded her Texas congressional race against Republican incumbent Will Hurd, nearly two weeks after the midterm elections.

Jones made the announcement Monday. She had been trailing Hurd by more than 1,000 votes in Texas’ sprawling 23rd congressional district that stretches from San Antonio to El Paso.

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Jones attended orientation in Washington for new members of Congress last week and had asked a judge to extend a deadline to correct provisional ballots. But the Air Force veteran now says “we came up short” after election results were canvassed.

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Jones says she wished Hurd “the courage to fight” in the 800-mile district, which is a perennial battleground. Hurd will begin a third term having been narrowly elected each time.

 

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