Posted: May 24, 2014 9:13 AM
Updated: May 24, 2014 9:14 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was long viewed as biding his time for when a Hispanic Democrat with a national profile could be a formidable contender for Texas governor.
Instead, the 39-year-old rising political star has accepted President Barack Obama's offer to become the nation's housing secretary.
Aside from positioning Castro for a possible vice presidential run in 2016, it's a promotion that his fiercely Republican home state couldn't offer anytime soon.
Democrats are pouring millions of dollars into the state to put Texas back in play on the electoral map. And the state's booming Hispanic population has given Democrats hope.
At the same time, a turnaround could still be far off, with even Democrats saying that 2020 is a realistic target for Texas to become a swing state.