Texas Democrats are waiting for the news from U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro on whether they’ll have another competitive Senate race this year.
There is anticipation that he’ll soon announce if he’ll take on longtime Republican incumbent John Cornyn, the state’s senior senator, and with that anticipation is the question of whether changed demographics and a Latino Democrat on the ballot will help break the GOP's dominance of Texas' statewide elected offices.
While the wait is on for the expected word that Castro is running, Latino Victory Fund has launched a “Run, Joaquín, Run” campaign to push along his decision and build support among Latino voters.
The digital campaign was created to generate grassroots interest among Latinos in a potential Castro candidacy.
“There is no doubt that Sen. Cornyn is vulnerable and we are ready to build a grassroots army to recruit and support Joaquin Castro to run and win in 2020,” Melissa Mark Viverito, Latino Victory Fund interim president, said in a statement last week.
With Joaquin’s twin brother, Julian, already on the Presidential campaign, the Castro name is already getting a big boost:
In the run-up to the 2020 elections, those ties between Julián and Joaquin Castro are becoming more of a national spectacle than ever. As Julián seeks the Democratic nomination for president, brother Joaquin plays a lead role in the story he tells of growing up modestly in west San Antonio. Joaquin is Julián’s campaign chairman and they appear together around the country — a two-for-one deal as Julián seeks a higher tier in the jammed Democratic field.
Julián is also part of Joaquin’s identity in Washington where, in recent days, Joaquin has been in the thick of consequential matters, including writing the resolution that led to a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s border emergency decree.
If Joaquin makes the leap to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in 2020 — a pending decision — identical twins each seeking high office would offer an intriguing subplot to the national story of the 2020 elections.