Fil-Am Ortiz-Jones’ House bid too close to call
Associated Press / INQUIRER.net US Bureau
November 8, 2018 at 1:18 am

This combination of file photos shows candidates for Texas’ 23rd District Congressional seat in the November 2018 election from left, incumbent GOP Rep. Will Hurd and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones. AP PHOTO 

The Associated Press has withdrawn its call in the Texas congressional race pitting Republican Rep. Will Hurd against Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones.

The AP had initially called the race for Hurd but later determined the race is too close to call.

With all precincts reporting as of 3:30 EST a.m. on Wednesday, Hurd has a lead of 689 votes out of more than 209,500 cast. That margin is roughly three tenths of 1 percent.

Hurd is a two-term incumbent and former CIA agent who has been one of President Donald Trump’s harshest critics among fellow Republicans.

Ortiz Jones is trying to become Texas’ first Filipina-American and openly gay member of Congress.

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