Will Hurd, Dem opponent locked in close battle for Texas swing seat

Will Hurd, Dem opponent locked in close battle for Texas swing seat
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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdJuan Williams: Nowhere to go for black Republicans Texas lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at helping border counties identify missing migrants Members mark 'Repeal Day' with National Beer Wholesalers Association MORE (R-Texas) and his Democratic challenger were running neck and neck for the race to fill the seat in Texas’s 23rd District.

The Associated Press had initially called the race for Hurd on Tuesday night. But his apparent victory was thrown into confusion early Wednesday morning when results from the Texas secretary of state showed that his Democratic challenger, Gina Ortiz Jones, had pulled ahead by a razor-thin margin. The AP later rescinded its call.

The district is majority Hispanic and runs along 800 miles of the southern border. Democrats have had a huge target on his back since he flipped the seat red in 2014.

Despite the electoral headwinds facing Republicans this cycle, Hurd appeared better-positioned to hang onto his seat than the two other GOP congressman representing seats in Texas that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone challenges Dems to produce WikiLeaks evidence Steve King asks Google CEO for names of employees to see if they're liberals O'Rourke edges out Biden in MoveOn straw poll MORE carried in 2016.


The GOP congressman framed himself as a moderate lawmaker particularly on immigration and voted against an ObamaCare repeal. He also made headlines for criticizing President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE in an op-ed about being manipulated by Russia.

But Ortiz Jones pushed back on his moderate bona fides, noting that he voted an overwhelming majority of the time with Trump and also supported the GOP tax law. She was angling to become the first Filipina American elected to Congress.

Note: This story was updated with new results from the Texas secretary of state.