Julián Castro is finally running but fighting to get noticed
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is back in Texas and trying to break out of the back of the pack.
Castro will join many of his 2020 rivals Wednesday at a candidate forum in Houston. That includes former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, whose popularity back home has illustrated some of the challenges Castro is facing.
Castro entered the race as a fast-climber in the Democratic Party. He was elected San Antonio mayor at age 34 and was an Obama Cabinet member and a contender for Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.
But he lags in polling and fundraising and still hasn’t been guaranteed a spot in the first debates this summer.
Bigger name are struggling for a foothold, too, and Castro aides point to a donor uptick in April.