WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Gina Ortiz Jones - the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Texas' 23rd Congressional District held by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) - is in Washington, D.C. for new lawmaker orientation this week.
Gray Television Washington News Bureau Reporter Alana Austin spotted Ortiz Jones and a staffer leaving the Courtyard by Marriott hotel Wednesday morning where new members of Congress are staying to prepare for the upcoming session.
Since election night, Hurd, the incumbent, is up by a slim margin - about 1,150 votes - in the swing district along the Southern border. Ortiz Jones says despite trailing at this point, she will be in Washington all week for meetings.
Congressmen-elect are descending on Capitol Hill this week to learn their way around the U.S. Capitol, staff up their DC and district offices, and prepare for the next steps.
The 23rd district of Texas is one of a handful of races still yet to be called due to a narrow margin between the two major party candidates. Ortiz Jones has yet to concede and is pursuing court filings over provisional ballots.
Hurd's campaign manager, Justin Hollins, released this statement: "Gina Jones attending orientation is an act of desperation that ignores the will of the voters and provides a convenient excuse to take a taxpayer-funded trip back home to Washington. She should immediately reimburse taxpayers for any expenses from this self-serving decision. Will Hurd has won this race and maintains a lead that is larger than the number of uncounted ballots in TX-23. While Gina Jones is pretending to be a new member of Congress and criticizing election officials, Will Hurd is continuing to fight for his constituents and do the job he has been elected to do three times by this district."
Our DC bureau has requested formal comment from Ortiz Jones' campaign and requested interviews to follow up with both candidates. We will update this story as more information comes in.
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently headed toward Democratic control, while the U.S. Senate is expected to maintain a GOP majority.