Julián Castro suspends presidential campaign

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Julián Castro will suspend his presidential campaign, he announced Thursday on Twitter.

He is the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and mayor of San Antonio.

With only a month left until the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3, Castro did not see a path forward to the nomination.

“Given the circumstances of this campaign season, I’ve determined that it simply isn’t our time,” Castro said.

He also criticized the nominating process in the video he posted as part of Thursday’s announcement.

“I’m gonna tell the truth. It’s time for the Democratic Party to change the way that we do our presidential nominating process.”

Castro did not elaborate on how the nominating process should change.

Castro joins Beto on the 2020 sideline

No Texan remains in the 2020 presidential race. Fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke dropped out of the race in November.

Technically, Marianne Williamson of Houston is still running for president, but she is polling so low and has so few donors that she has not qualified for a Democratic debate since the summer.

A number of candidates who remain in the race, including Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Andrew Yang, as well as Republican President Donald Trump, released their fourth quarter campaign fundraising numbers Thursday.

Trump raised $46 million and credited his impeachment. Buttigieg, Sanders and Yang raised $24.7 million, $34.5 million and $16.5 million respectively.

Castro is set to give an interview to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 8 p.m. CT.

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