Yesterday, as expected, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) announced that he will not enter the statewide Democratic primary to ultimately challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R) next year. That Mr. Castro arrived at this decision some time ago became evident by not attempting to build a statewide organization and his lack of raising sufficient funds to compete. In the first quarter, the Castro campaign had raised only $36,028 and had a paltry $87,572 in his campaign account, hardly the numbers one would expect to see for a candidate planning to run statewide in an expensive place.
The Castro decision means that 2018 congressional candidate and retired Army helicopter pilot M.J. Hegar (D), who lost to Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock), 51-48% in November, becomes the clear early Democratic alternative to Sen. Cornyn.
In contrast to Castro’s lack of fundraising, Sen. Cornyn raised more in the first quarter than any other person filing a federal committee, $7.78 million, and holds $7.41 million cash-on-hand. Therefore, it is clear that the three-term incumbent is readying his campaign machine for another run.
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