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      Solomon Ortiz concedes to Blake Farenthold

      Blake Farenthold File Photo

      The recount for Congressional District 27 ended with longtime incumbent Solomon Ortiz conceding defeat to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold.

      Ortiz trailed Farenthold by about 800 votes during the November 2nd election.

      A six-county recount involving 106,000 votes ended on Monday night the almost the same results.

      Ortiz, who has held the district's house seat since 1982, reported he called Farenthold to congratulate him at 8:04 p.m. Monday.

      Although I gained votes during the manual recount, I did not surpass my opponent TMs lead, Ortiz said in a statement. Therefore, with great respect and admiration in the Democratic process, I congratulate my opponent, Mr. R. Blake Farenthold, in his election to the 27th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

      A spokesman for Ortiz said the Corpus Christi-based politician plans to stay involved in the public sphere but not necessarily as a public official.

      Congressman-Elect Farenthold spent the past week in Washington DC preparing to take office.

      A Farenthold spokesman said can begin hiring staff and setting up his office in South Texas and Washington.

      The voters, from the Rio Grande Valley to the Coastal Bend, sent a message that they are tired of business as usual in Washington, Farenthold said in a statement. It is time for new blood in Congress and I plan to go to the Nation TMs Capitol and fulfill my campaign promises " to end out of control spending and fix the economy so we can create jobs and put people in our area back to work.