Castro Set To Announce Senate Bid

Barbara Schwarz
April 29, 2019 - 4:28 pm

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SAN ANTONIO (1080 KRLD) - There's word Congressman Joaquin Castro will finally announce this week that he's running for the nomination for US senate. 

We say finally, because there's been speculation for weeks that the San Antonio Democrat was nearing an announcement to ultimately go up against long time incumbent Republican John Cornyn. 

SMU political science professor Cal Jillson says it would have been better for Castro had he done so sooner. 

"I think it would have been better if he had done it a month ago or just looked more decisive in declaring his candidacy, although you do have to put a campaign together. You've got to be sure you're ready to go before you say you're going."

He says he'll be watching Castro's announcement closely. "He's got to project enthusiasm and determination and excitement. There's can't be any sense that he's uncertain."

He says he'll also be watching to see whether State Senator Royce of Dallas West also announces. MJ Hegar, who came close to unseating Central Texas Congressman John Carter in 2018 has already announced. He says Cornyn is vulnerable.  

"Beto O'Rourke did very well in 2018 against Ted Cruz, and many people think that John Cornyn's Republican party roots don't run quite as deep among the activists as Cruz's did. People are going to try him."

Jillson says Castro would enter as the front runner for the Democratic nomination.