San Antonio Democrat Joaquín Castro, twin brother of presidential candidate Julián, announced on Friday that he’s seriously considering a run for Senate in 2020. The announcement comes after reports that Beto O’Rourke is leaning toward entering the presidential race, forgoing a Senate run against Republican John Cornyn. Castro, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, received some buzz among other Democrats after he led the charge to block President Trump’s emergency declaration for the border wall in February.
Recent Quinnipiac polling put Cornyn’s disapproval rating at 43 percent, compared to Ted Cruz’s 51 percent. Julián seemed confident that his brother could defeat Cornyn, who would be seeking his fourth term after being elected in 2002. “There are a lot of Texans that clearly have problems with the way that [Cornyn] has represented the state,” he said. “Most recently, refusing to stand up to Trump even though a lot of land is going to get taken, a lot of Texas landowners’ property is going to get taken if there’s a wall."