Politico is reporting tonight that U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, has conceded his 2010 race to his Republican challenger, Blake Farenthold, who finished nearly 800 votes ahead on Election Day. A manual recount found that Farenthold maintained his lead over Ortiz, who was first elected to represent Congressional District 27 in 1982 and had never received less than 56 percent of the vote in his previous races.
Ortiz wasn't the only member of his family to suffer a suprise defeat this election cycle. His son, state Rep. Solomon Ortiz Jr., unexpectedly lost his Texas House seat to Republican Raul Torres.
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