Julian Castro, the former United States Housing and Urban Development secretary and mayor of San Antonio, announced on Thursday the end of his presidential campaign. “It’s with profound gratitude to all of our supporters that I suspend my campaign for president today,” he wrote in his Twitter account.
Castro has been struggling to generate financial support for his candidacy throughout his entire campaign. He considered ending his bid earlier after October donations started dwindling. However, he stayed for a short while after raising enough money to meet his goal. He also failed to gain enough traction in the polls that could qualify him for the last two Democratic debates.
“I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together. 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,” he said in a video addressing his dropping out of the race. He urged his supporters to keep fighting for the values they believe in.
Castro ran on a progressive platform of decriminalizing border crossings, criminal justice reform, and universal healthcare. The latter sparked an exchange between him and Joe Biden during the last Democratic debate Castro qualified for. “I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama, and you’re not,” he said, criticizing former VP for his healthcare vision that will not guarantee coverage for all Americans. He took a shot at Biden’s age and forgetfulness on the stage. This attack later translated into a wave of criticism and backlash against Castro’s campaign that never recovered.