According to nationalreview, Julian Castro announced that he would suspend his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination this morning. Becoming the most recent candidate to drop out of the race following Kamala Harris’s departure early on in December. Castro, served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, he polled at about 1 percent in national surveys throughout his campaign and failed to qualify for the December debate. As lower-tier candidates exit out of the primary one by one, national polls indicate a four-way race between frontrunner Joe Biden, following suit with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who have been competing closely for the second-place slot as well as Pete Buttigieg, who trails the top-three candidates and sits around the high single digits.
Although Biden has a fairly substantial lead on his competitors in certain surveys, he is shown to be lagging behind in polls of states with early primaries or caucuses. For example, in Iowa, which is holding it’s caucus on February, Warren and then Buttigieg managed to snag the lead from Biden. The latest poll, from Iowa State University in mid December, put Biden in fourth place with 15 percent, trailing front-runner Buttigieg 24 percent, Sanders 21 percent, and Warren 18 percent. It’s all good news for Biden that Democratic voters across the country continue to prefer him over the rest of the field, yet with three competitors closing in, state polls give the former vice president plenty of things to be concerned about.
Furthermore, Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio and the sole Latino mayor championed progressive policies but did not find footing in the polls. “I’m not done fighting,” Mr. Castro stated, even though he gave no indication of his immediate plans. “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.” He was viewed as potential vice-presidential pick by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and could of been a valuable running mate this year, with Democrats eager to court the Latino votes.
According to Fox News, Castro has been stalling for most of his campaign around 1 percent in polls and entered October low on money. Castro who is 45 years old, was among the youngest in the running yet was eclipsed by another Texan in the race who dropped out this fall, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and another young former mayor, Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana. Castro also regularly slammed the Democratic National Committee for their qualifying criteria to make the primary debates. He failed to make the stage in the last two showdowns and was almost certain to be shut out of the January debate as well. Castro took aim at both Iowa and New Hampshire both overwhelmingly caucasian states for regularly holding the first two contests in the presidential primary and caucus nominating calendar. In his video announcing he was ending his bid, he emphasized that “it’s time for the Democratic party to change the way that we do our presidential nominating process.”