Joaquin Castro won't run for Senate in Texas

Joaquin Castro won't run for Senate in Texas
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Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers argue for national Latino museum The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (D-Texas) will not challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head MORE (R-Texas) in 2020, according to an interview he did with Hearst Newspapers.

"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," Castro said in the interview, which was carried by the Houston Chronicle. "If and when I run for another office, it is likely to be something that takes me back home to Texas."

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Castro becomes the latest high-profile Democrat to decline to run for the Senate, where Republicans hold a 53-seat majority.

Democrats had expected to mount a big push to retake the Senate next year, given that Republicans are defending 22 seats, while Democrats have 12 seats on the table. 

But earlier this week, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams confirmed she would not challenge Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

Other Democrats have decided to run for president in 2020 instead, including former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump seeks distance from Syria crisis Gardner dodges questions about Trump's call for Biden probe 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE, who opted not to challenge Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren MORE (R-Colo.), and Castro's twin brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Joaquin Castro’s decision will mean a clearer path to the Democratic nomination for MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost a House race to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterAmerica's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act Cornyn faces toughest race yet in changing Texas Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE (R-Texas) in 2018 and who announced her candidacy for Senate in Texas last week. 

Castro said he was impressed with Hegar, telling the publication that regardless of who was nominated, "I’ll do everything I can to help our Democratic nominee win."