“With only a month until the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I’ve determined that it simply isn’t our time,” Castro said in a video announcing his decision.
Expressing gratitude to those who supported him throughout his presidential bid, he vowed to “keep fighting for an America where everyone counts.”
Castro’s RealClearPolitics polling average, before the announcement, was at 1.2 percent. He had not polled above two percent in the national RCP average the entire race.
Meanwhile, in Texas, he had yet to eclipse five percent in a poll in his home state.
In November, his campaign made a last-ditch fundraising appeal to keep the campaign afloat — which succeeded. But he still failed to qualify for the November debate after not meeting the polling qualifications.
By comparison, Bernie Sanders announced he raised $34 million, and Pete Buttigieg announced his campaign raised $24.7 million in the fourth quarter.
Castro left his mark on the race early on by moving the discourse leftward on immigration, advocating for the decriminalization of illegal immigration.
After Castro took this stance, 13 other candidates adopted the position including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg. Notably, he and his fellow Texan Beto O’Rourke squared-off over that very issue in the first debate.
Both have now dropped out of the race.
Marianne Williamson is now the only remaining Democratic candidate from Texas in the presidential race.
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Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.