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Joe Biden has received his 10th endorsement from a Congressional Black Caucus member, from Texas Rep. Colin Allred.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday picked up his 10th endorsement from a Congressional Black Caucus member, with Texas Rep. Colin Allred’s decision underscoring the former vice president’s advantage with a crucial party constituency less than a month before 2020 voting begins.

Austin Price / The Texas Tribune

A sleeping giant looms over the Democratic presidential campaign, even as excitement continues to build toward the first-in-the-nation contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.

That behemoth is Texas.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks with attendees after a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Jan. 9.
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Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety.

His departure now leaves a field that was once the most diverse in history with just one remaining African American candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a community event in San Antonio on Dec. 13, 2019.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Several former prominent supporters of Julián Castro in his home state are endorsing Joe Biden for president now that the Texan is no longer running — and a day after he threw his support to Biden rival Elizabeth Warren.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 11.
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Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is ramping up his efforts in Texas, with plans to build a state operation that his campaign says will be unrivaled by anyone else in the primary field.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta Nov. 20.
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Kamala Harris is ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. She told supporters in an email Tuesday that she "simply doesn't have the financial resources we need to continue. 

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg
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As former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg rolls out his late-starting campaign for president this week, Texas is getting a big chunk of the billionaire’s television spending.

Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, arrives for the 74th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York in October.
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Michael Bloomberg filed today for the Democratic presidential primary in Texas, according to the Texas Secretary of State.

Presidential candidate Julian Castro's campaign insists he's not exiting the race now.
Juan Figueroa / The Texas Tribune

It has been apparent for weeks, but on Wednesday it will become official: Julián Castro will not qualify for the November debate stage.

It’s a sobering reality for an already struggling campaign. Last week, the Democratic former San Antonio mayor’s team slashed staff in two early states. Last month, he threatened to end his White House bid if he didn’t raise $800,000 in the final 10 days of October — a goal he narrowly hit.

Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is ramping up his campaign in Texas, naming a state director while adding another endorsement from a state senator.

The former vice president’s Texas state director will be Dallas-based Democratic strategist Jane Hamilton, the Biden campaign told The Texas Tribune. At the same time, the campaign announced it has received the endorsement of state Sen. Beverly Powell of Burleson.

Associated Press

And then there was one. 

Julián Castro became the sole Texan in the presidential race after Beto O’Rourke ended his campaign Friday, a sudden departure that creates new opportunity for Castro. But the former U.S. housing secretary is facing an uncertain fate of his own and trying to forge forward despite the long odds, sharpening his pitch as a unique advocate for the voiceless in the still-crowded primary field.

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Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke ended his presidential campaign on Friday after struggling to translate the energy from his 2018 Senate bid into a successful White House campaign.

"Our campaign has been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly and acting decisively in the best interests of America," O'Rourke wrote in a statement on Medium.

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas has long been a red state. But with the vast amount of money here — and with many predicting a new level of competitiveness — it’s still an important place for the Democratic presidential candidates.

That’s especially true for the two Texas natives vying for the presidency, Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke.