Iraq War vet wins Texas Dem runoff

Iraq War vet wins Texas Dem runoff
© Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress

Gina Ortiz Jones on Tuesday won the Democratic primary for the House seat in Texas’s 23rd Congressional District, bringing her closer to becoming the first-ever lesbian and Iraq War veteran to represent the state in Congress.

Ortiz Jones defeated Democrat Rick Trevino in a runoff on Tuesday, after the two were the finalists among five candidates running in a March primary. The Associated Press called the race for her with a 68 to 32 percent margin.

Ortiz Jones, who would also be the first-ever Filipina-American to represent Texas, will take on incumbent Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdTrump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' Poll shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings MORE (R-Texas) in November.

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White the district currently leans Republican, control of the seat has flipped between the parties over the past two decades. Hurd has held onto the seat since defeating then-Rep. Pete GallegoPete Pena GallegoGOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff Koch group launches digital ads in tight Texas House race Iraq War vet wins Texas Dem runoff MORE (D-Texas) in 2014.

Ortiz Jones told HuffPost earlier this year that she decided to run for the seat to oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to request review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president Meghan McCain calls Trump rally 'really dystopian' MORE and his policies.

“The type of people that were brought in to be public servants were interested in neither the public nor the service,” she told the publication. “That, to me, was a sign that I’m going to have to serve in a different way.”