HOUSTON, TX — Fil-Am Gina Ortiz Jones is one step closer to making history — three times over — as the first lesbian, first Filipina American and first Iraq war veteran to represent Texas in Congress.
The 39-year-old San Antonio native and former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer declared victory in Texas’ 23rd congressional district after pulling in more than 39,000 or 66.7 percent of the votes with 62 percent of the precincts reported as of Wednesday morning — a commanding lead compared to four other Democratic contenders.
Ortiz Jones, who nearly knocked off then Republican incumbent Will Hurd back in 2018, will now represent the Democratic party in the November general election.
Ortiz Jones said she’s honored to be the democratic nominee in her district, saying she’s dedicated her life to public service and wants to expand on the opportunities that allowed her to grow up healthy, get a quality education and serve America.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the presidential race — former vice president Joe Biden scored a victory in Texas — taking more than 33 percent of the votes, compared to closest rival Senator Bernie Sanders, with more than 30 percent.
On the Republican side, President Donald Trump trounced his opponents with over 94 percent of the votes.
Despite Texas being considered a longtime Republican stronghold — the state has in recent years received immigrant and coming-of-age voters who are mostly Democrats, making Texas a competitive state in the 2020 race.
Texas had the second-largest number of delegates on Super Tuesday – with 261, with the lone star state expected to play a big role in selecting the Democratic nominee to face off against Trump in November.