Castro drops out of presidential race


WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is dropping out of the presidential race, according to CBS News.

Castro made the announcement in a video released by his campaign on Thursday.

“With only a month before the Iowa caucuses, and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I have determined that it simply isn’t our time,” Castro said in the video. “So today it is with a heavy heart and profound gratitude that I will suspend my campaign for president.”

CBS News says Castro served as mayor of San Antonio for five years before joining the Obama administration in 2014, struggled to find a foothold in a crowded Democratic primary field. He failed to meet the threshold to appear at the most recent debate in December.

For more on this story, visit CBS News.

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