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While Results Not Final, Gonzales Apparent Winner Of GOP Congressional 23 Runoff

Tony Gonzales (L) and Raul Reyes (R)
Tony Gonzales (L) and Raul Reyes (R)

Tony Gonzales is the apparent winner of the Republican runoff election, and will likely face Gina Ortiz Jones for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District seat.

The race has not been officially called by the state’s GOP office. Raul Reyes — Gonzales’ challenger — has not yet conceded or asked for a recount.

Gonzales, however, is claiming victory.

The campaign made the announcement Tuesday after votes were canvassed in Winkler County in far West Texas.

On election night, Gonzales led Reyes by 7 votes. Now, the latest results from the campaign give Gonzales a 46-vote lead. They're reporting him with 12,342 votes; and Reyes with 12,296. 

“We're very excited about the race we ran. And I'm very humbled to have been nominated as a Republican candidate,” Gonzales told TPR.

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s website, the state GOP office must start the process of finalizing results by Aug. 1. Requests for recounts must be submitted by the second day after the final canvass.

District 23 sprawls from San Antonio to El Paso. The incumbent, Republican Will Hurd, announced last year he wouldn't be seeking a fourth term. In 2018, Gina Ortiz Jones narrowly lost to Hurd.

This story will be updated.