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Rep. Joaquin Castro 'Seriously' Considering Run Against Sen. John Cornyn

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Joaquin Castro speak during a roundtable discussion with San Antonio business and academic leaders in 2016.
Gabriel C. Pérez for The Texas Tribune
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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Joaquin Castro speak during a roundtable discussion with San Antonio business and academic leaders in 2016.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep.  Joaquin Castro's camp released a statement early Friday morning making clear that the San Antonio Democrat is mulling whether to forgo re-election next year and instead challenge U.S. Sen.  John Cornyn, two days after Beto O'Rourke made clear he won't be vying for the seat.

"Congressman Castro will seriously consider running for Senate in 2020," Castro spokesman Matthew Jones emailed. "Right now, he's focused on protecting Texans – and all Americans – from the most consequential challenge to our constitutional separation of powers that we have seen in a generation."

"He will not stand by while the President attempts to unilaterally strip Texans of their land to build a wall in a manner that most Americans, especially Texans, disagree with."

Earlier this week, Castro was the  lead House Democrat on a major pushback against President Donald Trump's emergency border wall order. The resolution, which Castro authored, passed out of the chamber and looks increasingly likely to pass the U.S. Senate. But Trump is expected to veto it, and it is unlikely that Democrats would be able to muster enough Republican support to override that veto.

Friday's Castro signal comes two days after  the Tribune and other outlets reported that O'Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from El Paso, will pass on his own Senate run and is postured to run for president. Castro's brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary  Julián Castro, is also seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Several other Democrats have not ruled out runs against Cornyn in 2020 including former state Sen.  Wendy Davis and veteran M.J. Hegar.

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From The Texas Tribune

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Abby Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the publication's first Washington Bureau Chief. Previously, she covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. A seventh-generation Texan, Abby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in Fort Worth and has appeared in an episode of "The Bold and The Beautiful." Abby pitched and produced political segments for CNN and worked as an editor for The Hotline, National Journal’s campaign tipsheet. Abby began her journalism career as a desk assistant at NBC News in Washington, working her way up to the political unit, where she researched stories for Nightly News, the Today Show and Meet the Press. In keeping with the Trib’s great history of hiring softball stars, Abby is a three-time MVP (the most in game history —Ed.) for The Bad News Babes, the women’s press softball team that takes on female members of Congress in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball breast cancer charity game.