Julian Castro leaves uncertain Texas future behind

FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, Texas, left, shakes hands with visitors at USA Pavilion at the World Expo site in Shanghai, China. Castro was seen as the Democratic star that could eventually rise to prominence in the deep red state of Texas. But with his party still years away from capitalizing on a demographic shift that could help Democrats compete for statewide power, the San Antonio mayor has opted instead to build his political clout in Washington as part of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was long viewed as biding his time: waiting out shifting demographics in Texas until 2018, when a Hispanic Democrat with a national profile could be a formidable contender for governor.

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