Gina Ortiz Jones and Other Texas Candidates Lasso Endorsements from Obama

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Gina Ortiz Jones is running against U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in what could be one of the nation's costliest races. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Gina Ortiz Jones is running against U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in what could be one of the nation's costliest races.
Former President Barack Obama this week threw his support to Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in a border district that includes Southwest San Antonio.

Ortiz Jones, a former air force intelligence officer, was one of nine Texas Democrats seeking national or state office to win Obama's endorsement. None of the others is running in South Texas.
"Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before," Obama said in a news release. "They're Americans who aren't just running against something, but for something. They're running to expand opportunity and restore the honor and compassion that should be the essence of public service."

Jones could use the endorsement. Although Hurd is one of Democrats’ top targets this election cycle, he's got a modest lead in at least one poll and has played to the middle by calling out President Trump on the border wall and his "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

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