Julián and Joaquin Castro to campaign with O'Rourke in Texas

Julián and Joaquin Castro to campaign with O'Rourke in Texas
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Texas Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin Castro This week: Congress set for bipartisan coronavirus talks as clock ticks Sherman joins race for House Foreign Affairs gavel Castro launches bid for House Foreign Affairs gavel MORE (D) and his brother, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, will join Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas) at stops along the Texas border, O'Rourke's Senate campaign team announced Thursday.

The trip with the Castro brothers will come after O'Rourke's first debate with incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for 'lecture' on race: 'What utter, racist BS' Senate Democrats prepare seven-figure spending spree in Texas MORE (R), scheduled for Friday.


Polls have shown Cruz and O'Rourke in a tight race in deep-red Texas, and the Hispanic vote could be key to November's results. 

Cruz is getting support from 45 percent of likely Hispanic voters, 9 percent shy of the 54 percent who support O'Rourke, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this week. 

Julián Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, sits on the board of directors for Voto Latino, a nonprofit that encourages more political activity among Hispanics. He was considered as a potential vice presidential running mate to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE in 2016 in part because of his appeal to Hispanic voters.

He has also said that he is considering running for president in 2020, telling CSPAN in May that he would make a decision on whether to seek the nomination after the midterms.

His brother, Joaquin, has served in the House since 2013 as a representative for Texas's 20th Congressional District, which includes part of San Antonio.