Gina Ortiz Jones Loses Texas Congressional Race

Gina Ortiz Jones on Tuesday lost to her Republican challenger in Texas' 23rd congressional district.

The New York Times reported Republican Tony Gonzales defeated Jones, who was an Air Force intelligence officer during the second Iraq war, by a 50-47 percent margin with more than 98 percent of the votes counted.

Jones in 2018 lost to outgoing U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) by 926 votes. Jones would have been the first openly LGBTQ person from Texas elected to Congress if she defeated Gonzales.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Blade and is made available in partnership with the National LGBT Media Association.