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Julian Castro leaves Presidential race

Today, Democratic candidate and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced he is ending his Presidential campaign.

In a video released on Thursday, he admitted that "it simply isn't our time." Castro leaves the race just one month before the Iowa caucuses. Castro was the only Latino candidate among the Democratic nominees, but struggled to stand out in the crowded field of candidates.

Early Thursday morning, Castro also tweeted that "it's with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today."

Castro was the HUD Secretary during the Obama Administration, and also served as mayor of San Antonio. During his campaign, he struggled to compete with the other well-known candidates, as he consistently polled under 2%.

He also was out-fundraised by a majority of his fellow candidates, as he only raised $3.5 million in Q3 of 2019, compared to Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, who respectively raised $34.5 million and $24.7 million in Q4 of 2019.

A Texas native, Castro was a big supporter of immigration policies and policies to curb gun violence. While Kamala Harris recently dropped out of the Presidential race, the Democratic field still has almost a dozen candidates as the Iowa caucus nears.
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