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Rep. Joaquin Castro 'seriously' considering Texas Senate run

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, March 01 2019 Mar 1, 2019 March 01, 2019 8:14 AM March 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas is acknowledging that he will "seriously consider" running for U.S. Senate in 2020 against Republican John Cornyn.

His campaign on Friday confirmed Castro's interest a day after his twin brother, Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, told The Associated Press his sibling is mulling a challenge against Cornyn.

Joaquin Castro didn't give a timeline for a decision. He's chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and sponsored the House measure passed this week that would block President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

No clear rival has yet emerged to challenge Cornyn in Texas. Democrat Beto O'Rourke narrowly lost his Senate race in Texas last year but says he will announce a decision soon on whether to run for president in 2020.

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