Dem Rep. Solomon Ortiz Concedes House Race

In this Aug. 19, 2010 file photo, Democratic U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, 27th Congressional District, poses for a photo in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ortiz continues to trail political newcomer Republican Blake Farenthold by about 800 votes after all but one of the counties in his South Texas district conducted manual recounts of the ballots from the Nov. 2 election, The Associated Press reports Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Todd Yates, File)
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Democratic Texas Congressman Solomon Ortiz has conceded defeat to Republican newcomer Blake Farenthold.

Ortiz's concession came late Monday, after a South Texas recount confirmed he had lost a House seat he held for nearly three decades.

The 73-year-old congressman said that although he hadn't seen official results, he believed he picked up about 150 votes in the recount - but still lost to Farenthold by about 650.

Farenthold is the former owner of a computer consulting business and a self-described "sidekick" on local talk radio. He received strong support from tea party activists in a district that stretches from Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast to Brownsville on the border with Mexico.

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