Julian Castro predicts Arizona will 'go blue' for Senate, presidential election

Julian Castro predicts Arizona will 'go blue' for Senate, presidential election
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Former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Wednesday predicted Democrats would have "at least one" Senate seat in Arizona by 2020 and the state would vote blue in the next presidential election.

In noting the Democratic candidate's closer-than-expected loss in a special election Tuesday night, Castro tweeted that Democrats had a new "blueprint" for taking control in traditionally deep-red states like Arizona. President TrumpDonald John TrumpAl Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Trump claims tapes of him saying the 'n-word' don't exist Trump wanted to require staffers to get permission before writing books: report MORE won the state by 3.5 points in 2016 and the state last went blue in a presidential election for President Clinton in 1996.

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"Arizona will have at least one Democratic senator and probably a Democratic governor next January. Will go blue in the 2020 election. #anewblueprint," he tweeted.

Republican Debbie Lesko was projected to win Arizona’s nationally watched special election, fending off a strong challenge from Democrats in a district that President Trump won by 21 points in 2016.

One of Arizona's Senate seats, currently held by retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report Arpaio says he misheard Sacha Baron Cohen questions Election Countdown: Takeaways from too-close-to-call Ohio special election | Trump endorsements cement power but come with risks | GOP leader's race now rated as 'toss-up' | Record numbers of women nominated | Latino candidates get prominent role in 2020 MORE (R), will be open in November. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump signs 7B defense policy bill into law | Rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him | Green Beret killed in Afghanistan blast Tapper thanks McCain for his service ‘since President Trump would not do it’ Trump rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him MORE (R-Ariz.) holds the other Senate seat and despite battling cancer has announced no plans to retire.

Castro, who served as the secretary for Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration, is thought to be testing the waters for a possible 2020 presidential run himself.

NBC News reported in February that Castro was headlining an event for New Hampshire's Young Democrats chapter, an event in an important primary state that could signal future ambitions for the 43-year-old seen as one of the younger stars of the party.

His brother, Texas Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroSchiff blasts GOP for Russia probe conduct: 'That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one' OAS chief: 'A long shot' to fix migration from Central America White House protesters chant 'Lock him up' at Trump on seventh day of rally MORE (D), was being actively recruited last year by Democrats to run for governor of Texas, an effort reported by Politico to be frustrated by Julian Castro's possible presidential leanings.

Joaquin Castro instead announced he would seek reelection in the fall, and faces a Republican challenger, former Rep. Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Texas).