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Julian Castro Lays Off Campaign Staff, Focuses on Iowa Caucuses

Democratic Party presidential candidate Julian Castro has laid off campaign staff in South Carolina and New Hampshire, and will now focus his campaign funds on Iowa and Nevada. The staffs have already been notified.

The announcement came just days after Castro had announced that his funding efforts had brought in $800,000 in the last 2 weeks of October—cash his campaign sorely needed. Castro had said he needed the money if he was to stay in the race at all. In asking supporters for more funding, Castro was following his rival Corey Bookers lead. Booker had reported a surge in donations after declaring in September that his race could be over without a cash boost.

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro speaks during the Democratic presidential debate in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2019. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Like Booker, Castro has a mountain to climb against well-known and well-funded Democratic candidates. Castro has repeatedly pointed to his status as an underdog to the campaigns of former Vice-President Joe Biden or Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Castro raised approximately $3.5 million in the third quarter of the year, but spent even more.

The only Latino in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, he now faces a battle to generate enough support in the form of donors (165,000 required by the Democratic National Committee) and a polling threshold of 3 percent in DNC-approved polls. Castro has the donors, but not yet the support in the polls. Having made it onto the stage for the first 4 Democratic Party presidential debates, Castro is aiming to qualify for the 5th on Nov. 20 in Atlanta, Georgia. He has thrown all his resources and energy into Iowa and Nevada, with five-figure ad campaigns in the former.

The Iowa caucuses will kick off the nominating calendar on Feb. 3, followed by the New Hampshire primary 8 days later, the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22, and the South Carolina primary on Feb. 29.

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