Rep. Will Hurd wins GOP primary in 23rd Congressional District


5:20 p.m. Wednesday update: Rep. Will Hurd easily defeated his opponent in the Republican Primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, with 80 percent of the vote.

But in a more crowded field, no Democrat was able to secure a majority of the primary vote on Tuesday, forcing a runoff between former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones, who won 41 percent of Democratic support, and Rick Trevino, a high school teacher who won 17 percent support. Trevino edged out Judy Canales, a 2013 appointee by President Barack Obama to the USDA, for second place by 216 votes.

Tuesday: Rep. Will Hurd easily defeated his opponent in the Republican Primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

But in a more crowded field, no Democrat was able to secure a majority of the primary vote on Tuesday forcing a run-off between former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones and the second place opponent, which remained too close to call at 12:30 a.m.

Ortiz Jones won far more of the vote than any of the other candidates, securing 40.8 percent. In second was Judy Canales, a 2013 appointee to the USDA by President Barack Obama with 17.7. At 17.4 percent was Rick Trevino, a high school teacher.

The sprawling West Texas district is one of Texas’ few swing districts. While Hurd is the incumbent, the district, which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso, favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election by three points.



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