Jan 2, 2020

Julián Castro drops out of the 2020 presidential race

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Democratic contender Julián Castro dropped out of the the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, reports the New York Times.

The big picture: Castro's popularity fluctuated throughout the contest. Following his first debate appearance, many saw him as a winner on stage, resulting in significant talk-time and a few standout moments — but as the campaign rolled on, his polling remained low, locking him out from later debates.

  • Castro was the first Texas Democrat to run for president since 1976, later joined by former Rep. Beto O'Rourke. He was also mayor of San Antonio and the youngest Cabinet secretary in the Obama administration.
  • He had failed to qualify for the presidential debates in November and December.

What he's saying:

"I’m not done fighting. I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care and a decent place to live."

What's next: In the video announcing the suspension of his campaign, Castro gave no indication of what he might immediately do next.

  • He's considered a possible vice presidential pick for the eventual Democratic nominee, especially as the party begins to consider flipping Texas in the years ahead.

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Julián Castro endorses Elizabeth Warren

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Julián Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race last week, endorsed Elizabeth Warren on Monday.

"There's one candidate I see who's unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America's promise will be there for everyone, will make sure that no matter where you live in America or where your family came from in the world — you have a path to opportunity, too."

Why it matters: It's one of the first high-profile endorsements from a former presidential contender this cycle — and it's significant because Castro is widely viewed as a leading vice presidential pick for the eventual nominee.

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Editor's Note: Castro dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Jan. 2, 2020. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

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Marianne Williamson ends 2020 presidential campaign

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Author Marianne Williamson's presidential campaign announced on Friday that she has dropped out of the 2020 race.

The big picture: Williamson, a Democrat, was considered an outlier in a field mostly comprised of longtime politicians. She built her career as a spiritual guru and never held public office. Despite penning 13 books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers, she came into the race with little political name recognition compared to her competitors.

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