Updated 11:13 AM EST, Thu January 2, 2020
Julián Castro ended his presidential campaign Thursday, January 2, after he failed to gain traction in the large field of Democratic candidates.
Castro, the only Latino to run for president this cycle, officially launched his campaign last January with a rally in San Antonio, his hometown and the city he ran as mayor for five years before joining the Obama administration.
His campaign looked to turn his uniquely American immigrant story into a direct repudiation of President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies. Castro and his twin brother, Joaquin, were raised primarily by their mother and their Mexican-born grandmother, who crossed into the United States in 1922 after her parents died during the Mexican Revolution. Castro's mother was a Chicana political activist who worked for better opportunities for Mexican-Americans.
"My family's story is a testament to what is possible when this country gets it right," he said.
Castro has been viewed as a rising star in the Democratic Party since he delivered a keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. His brother serves in Congress.