The Latest: GOP Trump critic Rep. Hurd re-elected in Texas

FILE - 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. Ortiz Jones has headed to Washington for congressional orientation even though she trails incumbent Hurd by 1,000 votes in their contested race to represent a sprawling West Texas district. The race is close enough that Ortiz Jones could seek a recount. She is about 1,000 votes behind Hurd out of around 209,000 counted. She hasn't so far, instead seeking to have more provisional votes counted. (AP Photo/File)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Latest on Texas congressional race (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

One of President Donald Trump’s few Republican critics in Congress has won re-election in a Texas swing district.

Will Hurd is a former CIA officer. He accused Trump this summer of “standing idle on the world stage” and being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He also opposed Trump’s border wall. The race was a test of his independent reputation in a district that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border and was carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones said Hurd’s reputation for standing up to Trump isn’t backed up by his record. Her loss is a blow for Democrats who saw the district as one of their best chances to help win back the House in the midterms.

Ortiz Jones conceded the close race on Monday, nearly two weeks after the election.


12:45 p.m.

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.

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.

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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