Lone standing Texas candidate Julian Castro learns he won’t qualify for Wednesday’s Debate


PRESPECTIVE FROM THE TEXAS TRIBUN’S ROSS RAMSEY. SO WHA’S NEXT FOR JULáN CASTRO? IT HAS BEEN APPARENT FOR WEEKS, BUT ON WEDNESDAY IT WILL BECOME OFFICIAL: JULà ¡N CASTRO WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR THE NOVEMBER DEBATE STAGE. ITâ(tm)S A SOBERING REALITY FOR AN ALREADY STRUGGLING CAMPAIGN. LAST WEEK, THE DEMOCRATIC FORMER SAN ANTONIO MAYORâ(tm)S TEAM SLASHED STAFF IN TWO EARLY STATES. LAST MONTH, HE THREATENED TO END HIS WHITE HOUSE BID IF HE DIDNâ(tm)T RAISE $800,000 IN THE FINAL 10 DAYS OF OCTOBER â HIS CAMPAIGN INSISTS HEâ(tm)S NOT EXITING THE RACE NOW, BUT STAYING AFLOAT WITH MONTHS TO GO BEFORE FEBRUARYâ(tm)S IOWA CAUCUS WILL BE A TALL TASK. THE DEBATES, IN A SENSE, HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FEW PLACES FOR CASTRO TO MAKE HIS MARK ON THE NATIONAL STAGE IN AN ATTEMPT TO BOOST HIS CAMPAIGNâ(tm)S POLL NUMBERS AND FUNDRAISING. NOW WITH THAT NO LONGER AN OPTION, HIS CAMPAIGN IS SUGGESTING THAT IT NO LONGER SEES HAVING A NATIONAL PLATFORM AS A MUST. INSTEAD, ITâ(tm)S STAKING ITS HOPES ON A STRONG FINISH IN IOWA, NEVADA AND HIS HOME STATE OF TEXAS. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF MAJOR REPUBLICANS WEIGHING IN ON RODNEY REED? HOW WILL THIS INFLUENCE ABBOTT? REPUBLICAN U.S. SEN. TED CRUZ HAS JOINED THE FAST-GROWING CALLS FROM TEXAS LAWMAKERS AND A-LIST CELEBRITIES TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DEATH SENTENCE OF RODNEY REED.CRUZ CALLED EFFORTS TO HALT THE EXECUTION OF REED â BIPARTISAN COALITIONâ FRIDAY NIGHT, THE DAY BEFORE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RALLIED OUTSIDE THE TEXAS GOVERNORâ(tm)S MANSION IN SUPPORT OF REED.â SPENT YEARS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, I BELIEVE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT CAN BE JUSTICE FOR THE VERY WORST MURDERERS,â CRUZ TWEETED. â IS CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THEREâ(tm)S A REAL CHANCE A DEFENDANT IS INNOCENT, THAT EVIDENCE SHOULD BE WEIGHED CAREFULLY.â EXECUTION ON NOV. 20 AND HAS ROBERT:TODA’S AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL MEETING IS STILL UNDERWAY… AND W’LL KEEP

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