Gina Ortiz Jones to challenge Will Hurd in 2020


Gina Ortiz Jones is making a second run at the U.S. Congress.

Ortiz Jones announced via Twitter this week that she will again challenge incumbent Rep. Will Hurd for the 23rd Congressional District.

The race was highly contested in Texas and closely watched. Election Day proved to be a back and forth battle between Jones and Hurd and the race was so close it took some time to call.

Ortiz Jones traveled to Washington D.C. to attend freshman orientation as the race was still undecided, days after the election.

She ultimately conceded after trailing Hurd consistently by about 1,000 votes in the 2018 challenge.

Now, she will make a second attempt to unseat Hurd.

The 23rd Congressional race was highly contested and closely tracked in 2018. The 23rd Congressional District stretches from Hudspeth County, through the Big Bend and down into San Antonio.

Consistently, the area is considered a swing district as Republicans and Democrats fight back and forth to retain control of the border district.

Since 1993, each party has taken turns in the 23rd Congressional District. Pete Gallego was the last Democrat to hold the seat, 2013 through 2015.

Gallego was defeated by Hurd in 2015 and remains in control of the seat.

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