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Castro, O'Rourke both hit Texas capital after debate dustup

1 year 1 month 1 week ago Friday, June 28 2019 Jun 28, 2019 June 28, 2019 12:31 PM June 28, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By CLARICE SILBER and WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Suddenly, Julián Castro is the Texas presidential candidate on the rise. And it's largely come at the expense of fellow Lone Star state native, Beto O'Rourke, whose early buzz has fallen away.

Castro, a former Obama administration housing chief, has been buoyed by a well-received performance during Wednesday's first night of Democratic debates in Miami. That's when he railed on O'Rourke, a former congressman, for not backing his idea of decriminalizing the act of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

Adding to the awkwardness, both Castro and O'Rourke will be in Austin this evening for separate, nearby events.

Castro is holding a Texas Democratic Party fundraiser at one bar. O'Rourke has a meet-and-greet with his supporters at another.

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