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FILIPINO AMERICAN Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded her cliff-hanging election loss to the congressional seat at the 23rd District of Texas last Nov. 19

in last month’s general elections but she has until today, Dec. 6, to decide if she is going to request a recount.

In an email message, Sam Taylor, the Communications Director of the Texas Secretary of State, told PM, the philamessenger.com ,Wednesday that while re-elected Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “has canvassed the final results yesterday, Ms. Jones has until 5 p.m. tomorrow to request a recount.

Unless she changes her mind in the next 24 hours, there will be no recount in TX-23.”

Governor Abbott’s final results showed Ms. Jones shaving the lead of incumbent Will Hurd by 224, from 1150 at the close of the Nov. 6 elections down to 926 as the Republican Hurd tallied 103,285 votes or 49.17% against Democratic candidate Jones’ 102,359 votes or 48.73%.




In her Twitter post on Nov. 19, Ms. Jones said, “Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal - equally deserving to be heard at the ballot box and served in our communities. While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud.

After election results were canvassed in Medina County this morning (Nov. 19) and across the district over the previous days, Gina Ortiz released the following statement:


Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal - equally deserving to be heard at the ballot box and served in our communities.

We worked hard to make this a reality, understanding this is the only path toward the more perfect union that our founders envisioned.

While we came up short this time, we ran a race of which we can be proud. I remain committed to serving my community and country, and I wish Will Hurd the courage to fight for TX-23 in the way in which our district deserves.”

Had Jones won, she would have been the 32nd first-time House members, who broke the record by seven more than the record set for freshmen women during the 1992 “Year of the Woman” election.


She would have also become the first Filipino American woman in the U.S. Congress.

At the close of the canvassing on Nov. 6, Jones was trailing Republican incumbent Will Hurd by a slim 1,150 votes when she collected 101,753 votes or .49% against Hurd's 102,903 votes or 49%, according to records of the Texas' Secretary of State's office.

But in her twit that day, Ms. Jones said, “#TX23, did you cast a provisional ballot? TOMORROW (11/13) (Tuesday) is the deadline to make sure your vote is counted. Every voice deserves to be heard and every vote must be counted. Call 1-844-TX-VOTES or fill out your information here.

She said, “This is not over—every vote matters and must be counted. The TX-23 Congressional race is too close to call and, at present, only 0.5% separates Gina from Will Hurd. Provisional, absentee, mail-in, and military/overseas ballots are still being counted and, in a race this close, every vote matters.

If you cast a provisional ballot, you have until Tuesday 11/13 at 5:00 p.m. to make sure your vote counts. CALL 1-844-TX-VOTES OR ENTER YOUR INFORMATION BELOW and we will contact you.”

Provide us your Name, E-Mail and Phone Number” and you will be contacted.

She also asked to provide name, email and phone number if someone observes irregularity by describing the irregularity.

Ms. Jones has not yet responded to PM’s request for comment as of press time. (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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