Julian Castro never had much of a chance to get the 2020 nomination but he has managed to hang on so far.
Maybe not for much longer, though. He is apparently laying off staffers in some key early primary states.
Julián Castro Laying Off Staff in New Hampshire, South Carolina
Longshot Democrat presidential candidate Julián Castro is laying off campaign staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina in order to focus his narrow resources in Iowa and Nevada, according to Politico.
Castro is said to have told staffers in the early primary states that next week would be their last on the campaign. The development comes after Castro issued a fundraising plea to supporters late last month in which he sought $800,000 in donations over 10 days or he would be forced to drop out from the crowded Democrat presidential primary race. After the plea, Castro’s campaign said it raised $1 million for the month.
Cutting staff is not a sign of confidence, but most people probably didn’t even expect Castro to last this long.
Politico has more:
Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Barack Obama, has had success in framing — and, in some cases, starting — the Democratic primary’s policy debates but has struggled to raise money or raise his poll numbers above low single digits.
Asked for comment, the Castro campaign pointed POLITICO to its statement last week when news of an Iowa-Nevada focus first surfaced.
Castro is not alone in having to cut staff recently in the face of weak polling and fundraising. Sen. Kamala Harris also recently restructured her team and has gone all-in on Iowa while several other candidates such as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke have decided to drop out rather than make deep staff cuts…
In its latest fundraising appeal Monday, the Castro campaign warned that the only Latino presidential candidate was in jeopardy of being left off the debate stage but said it was launching “IMMEDIATE digital ads” to reach voters and clinch the polls Castro needs to qualify for the debate.
The only question now is how long Castro will hold on before dropping out.