Julian Castro Drops Out of Democratic 2020 Presidential Race
Castro was the only Latino in the field of contenders
Democratic contender Julian Castro has dropped out of the race for the 2020 presidential nomination, according to reports.
Castro, who was the former Obama housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, was the only Latino in the field.
The Democrat had presented himself as one of the more progressive members in the primary race but had failed to raise substantial money to re-enter the debate stage.
“It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today,” he tweeted.
“I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together," he added.
"I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight.”
Castro said they've "shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people, and given a voice to those who are often forgotten."
Castro began hinting a White House run in early 2018.
But he had stalled for most of his campaign around 1 percent in polls and entered October low on money.
The Democrat was also among the youngest in the running but was eclipsed by former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who dropped out earlier this year.
Castro's supporters argued that he didn't get due credit for taking out-front positions.
It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) January 2, 2020
I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. I’m going to keep fighting for an America where everyone counts—I hope you’ll join me in that fight. pic.twitter.com/jXQLJa3AdC
One example was the candidate's proposal to decriminalize border crossings, forcing the rest of the primary field to debate the controversial stance.
Trying to show he could go toe-to-toe with President Trump, Castro swung for big moments on debate stages.
But he faced a backlash in September after appearing to swipe at Joe Biden's age by accusing him of forgetting his position on a health care issue.
"I'm fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you're not," Castro also shot back at the time.
Castro -- who was Obama's housing secretary in his second term -- denied taking a personal dig at Biden as others in the field condemned the exchange.
Castro failed to take the stage in the last two debates and was almost certain to be shut out of the January debate as well.
He recently pulled out his small staffs from the early-voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina to focus on Iowa and Nevada, as well as his home state of Texas.