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Congressional District 23

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.

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This post was updated on Thursday, June 25, at 5:55 p.m.

Hoping to succeed Will Hurd as U.S. Representative for the 23rd District of Texas are Republican runoff candidates Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes.

Will Hurd
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U.S. Rep. Will Hurd announced in a statement Thursday he will not seek reelection to represent the 23rd District of Texas, which spans from San Antonio along the U.S.-Mexico border to El Paso.

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The winner in the election for Texas' 23rd Congressional District is still not known, but Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Will Hurd, traveled to Washington D.C on Wednesday and attended orientation for new lawmakers.

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Congressional District 23 is one of the longest in the country — it takes eight hours to drive across, from San Antonio almost to El Paso.

In our first report at the sprawling district, we looked at the size and demographics from each end of the district — a district where Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones is challenging Republican incumbent Will Hurd.

But now a look at the issues that energize this swing district.


(L) Rick Trevino, (R) Gina Ortiz-Jones

Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up the 2018 midterm elections. In Texas, more than 30 races are in runoffs for a party's official nomination. Early voting for the May 22 primary runoff elections begins May 14. 

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The 2018 midterm elections feature an open field of candidates in cases where a longstanding officeholder is retiring. It’s also an election in which former officeholders are running to get their old jobs back, with one race already heating up with barbs thrown between the candidates on social media.

So with the midterm elections less than a year away, here are some battles in the March 6 primaries worth noting for South Texas voters.

From Texas Standard:

Even as President Donald Trump and the news media mark the 100th day of his administration, the thoughts of those keeping up with politics are already turning to the 2018 midterm elections.


Democrat Pete Gallego is in a tight race to win back the U.S. Congressional District 23 seat he lost to Republican Will Hurd two years ago. Before Election Day, Texas Public Radio asked both candidates to discuss the values and experience that guide their decisions. Former Congressman Gallego, from Alpine, says a family history of activism and belief in education drive him to public service.


Republican Congressman Will Hurd's race against Democrat Pete Gallego in the 23rd Congressional District is one of the most competitive in the country. As Election Day approaches, Texas Public Radio asked the two candidates about the values that influence their decisions. Hurd says his time as a San Antonio upbringing and CIA experience led him to U.S. Congress.