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Castro decides not to run for Senate

WASHINGTON – Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) announced Wednesday he will not run for Senate, ending a several months long will-he-or-won’t-he narrative on whether he will go up against Republican Sen. John Cornyn.

“Right now, I’m going to focus on my work in the House of Representatives. I’ve been doing what I feel is important and meaningful work here,” he said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, which first reported his announcement.

“If and when I run for another office, it is likely to be something that takes me back home to Texas,” he said.

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Currently, Castro serves on the House Intelligence Committee and is the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In addition, he is the campaign chairman for his twin brother Julián Castro’s 2020 presidential campaign.

In a separate interview with Texas Monthly, Castro said he “thought long and hard” about going up against Cornyn, who is seen as vulnerable during the 2020 election and has more than $7 million in the bank for his campaign, a number larger than any Senator running for reelection.

According to filings from the Federal Election Commission, Joaquin Castro only brought in $36,000 during the first three months of this year.

Castro’s decision paves a path for Democrat M.J. Hegar, an Air Force veteran who lost a competitive race during the Midterm elections to take Texas’s 31st Congressional District seat.

“Like I have for many years, I’ll do everything I can to help our Democratic nominee win,” he said to the Express-News.

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Cornyn in a statement to Texas Monthly went after Sen. Chuck Schumer for Castro’s decision, pointing to reports that the Senate Minority Leader had previously met with Hegar.

“Despite Rep. Castro saying he was all but certain to run, Chuck Schumer and DC Democrats had other ideas,” the Cornyn campaign said. “Chuck Schumer recruited and picked MJ ‘Hollywood’ Hegar instead, pushing Castro aside and ignoring the Texas Latino grassroots.

“Hollywood Hegar may have the support of the New York and California elites but she has none in Texas. Shame on Chuck Schumer and DC Democrats for forcing a high-profile Hispanic leader out of the Senate race,” the statement continued.

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