Democrats

Castro launches 2020 bid with nod to party's future

Posted On: Jan 12, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - When 44-year-old Julián Castro officially launches his presidential campaign Saturday, he'll be one of the youngest candidates in the prospective 2020 Democratic field. And he'll be first - and likely only - Latino candidate. That could give Castro an edge in a key early presidential state - Nevada has the highest percentage of Hispanic voters of the four early voting states. And it's likewise an asset in California, which stands to cast a long shadow over the Democratic presidential primary now that its primary has been moved forward to early March. Together, the former San Antonio mayor and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development's youth and background offer a profile built to appeal to the Democratic Party's diverse and ascendent Obama coalition. Castro, a longshot who lacks widespread name recognition or an extensive campaign infrastructure, will need every advantage he can get. That helps explain why he chose to hold his formal presidential announcement event before anyone...

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