Poll: Castro in top 5 2020 Dems among Latino voters

A new poll of registered Hispanic voters shows former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro among the top five 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.
 
The poll, conducted in English and Spanish by polling firm Latino Decisions and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), otherwise shows results similar to polls among all voters.
 
Among Latino registered voters surveyed, former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race MORE had the highest favorability number at 59 percent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Biden's sloppy launch may cost him MORE (I) at 58 percent, former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeCory Booker releases 10 years of tax returns Buttigieg gets first congressional endorsement O'Rourke to give commencement address at Texas's oldest black college MORE at 48 percent, Castro at 45 percent and California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE at 43 percent.
 
Castro had the lowest unfavorability number among Hispanics, at 18 percent. The other 12 candidates tested ranged in unfavorability from 19 percent to 30 percent, in the case of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Mass.).
 
Castro is the only Hispanic currently running for president.
 
Latino voters will play a key role in the early 2020 Democratic primaries, as the early March Super Tuesday contests will feature California and Texas, the two states with the largest Latino populations.
 
Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Obama, has been struggling to stay in the top 10 of an ample and growing Democratic field.
 
The Castro campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
 
 
In the Latino Decisions/NALEO poll, Buttigieg placed ninth in favorability ratings, with 31 percent of respondents viewing him positively.
 
 
Hispanic registered voters have historically been more or less as likely to vote as registered voters from other demographic groups, but the Hispanic community lags in voter registration.
 
A wide majority of poll respondents, 84 percent, said they would probably or almost certainly vote in 2020. Only 6 percent said they probably or definitely would not vote.