Julián Castro drops out of presidential race

The Washington Post reports that Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio who served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama, said Thursday he is suspending his candidacy and ending his effort to become the nation’s first Latino president."

Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio who served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama, said Thursday he is suspending his candidacy and ending his effort to become the nation’s first Latino president.

“I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together,” Castro, 45, said in a video released by his campaign. “We’ve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people and given a voice to those who are often forgotten.”

Castro, who did not qualify for the past two Democratic debates because he failed to rank high enough in pre-debate polls, noted in the video that there was only a month left before the Iowa caucuses, which will be held Feb. 3.

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