Report: Castro Staffers Looking for Other Jobs as Campaign Struggles

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November 3, 2019

Julián Castro's Democratic presidential campaign met a self-imposed fundraising goal, but still faces an uncertain future as staffers look to flee.

Officials are telling staffers they are free to look for other jobs as the campaign shifts its focus to specific states, according to a CNN report. Castro is not planning on dropping out in the foreseeable future, according to the report, but is being clear with his staff that the campaign is struggling, and that some of them may soon be facing termination.

"In pushing to keep Secretary Castro's critical voice in this race, our campaign, like many others, will make adjustments in staffing and resources," his national press secretary told CNN. "This race is shifting as we speak, and Julián will continue to be fearless and defy expectations by making the most of our resources."

Part of the campaign's new focus is devoting resources to certain states where the former HUD secretary believes he can do well. Castro is betting on Iowa, Nevada, and Texas, and will pivot away from New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Castro took a page out of Sen. Cory Booker's (D., N.J.) book last month when he told supporters he would drop out of the race if he could not raise $800,000 by Oct. 31. The campaign achieved its fundraising goal at the last minute, but Castro still has not qualified for the November Democratic debate. He has until Nov. 13 to qualify.

A recent Iowa poll showed Castro lagging far behind his Democratic rivals.