2. Republican Will Hurd wins tight Texas House race
Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones has conceded to Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd in the hotly contested race for Texas' 23rd congressional district, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Why it matters: The district is majority Hispanic and stretches for hundreds of miles along the U.S.-Mexico border, making it a microcosm of Texas' shifting demographics. Democrats made it a primary target in the midterms — and it was one of Axios' 8 for 2018 — but Jones fell about 1,000 votes short. In her concession statement, she said, "Our campaign was based on the belief that everyone is equal — equally deserving to be heard at the ballot box and served in our communities. We worked hard to make this a reality, understanding this is the only path toward the more perfect union that our founders envisioned."