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Hurd Re-Elected To Second Term For Congressional District 23

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In a close race voters in Congressional District 23 elected Republican Congressman Will Hurd to a second term. Democrat Pete Gallego who lost the seat to Hurd two years ago hoped to regain it but lost 48 to 47 percent.

  

 

Hurd made his victory speech just after midnight to a crowd of supporters in a San Antonio hotel.

“It’s an honor to represent these 29 awesome counties in a great part of the state of Texas. And it’s an honor to do something that many in this district haven’t done. And that’s get reelected,” Hurd says.

District 23 has swung back and forth between Democrats and Republicans for nearly a decade. Hurd said voters reelected him because he’s done a good job.

“I think that the reality is we’ve been able to deliver a level of service that this district hasn’t seen and people reordered us for that,” Hurd says.

Hurd, a former CIA employee and cybersecurity expert, mostly avoided talking about now president-elect Donald Trump throughout his campaign, but the Congressman did call on Trump to step aside after video was leaked of Trump talking about sexually assaulting women. Hurd says now, he’ll work with his party’s new leader.

“This is an exciting time for our country,” Hurd says. “It’s going to be a peaceful transfer of power. And it’s an opportunity to be able to do things like tax reform, to be able to do things like deal with the regulatory environment.”

Alpine Attorney Pete Gallego had been hoping Trump’s unpopularity in the border district would hurt Hurd. Gallego delivered a somber concession speech to disappointed Democrats late Tuesday night.

“I know that this evening there is a lot of concern and trepidation. But one thing I’ve learned—we’re a resilient nation,” Gallego says. “The sun rises tomorrow. It’s a new day and we begin putting one foot in front of the other.”

The District 23 race was the most expensive in Texas, with more than $13 million spent in support of either candidate.