Julian Castro predicts Arizona will 'go blue' for Senate, presidential election

Former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro on Wednesday predicted Democrats would have “at least one” Senate seat in Arizona by 2020 and the state would vote blue in the next presidential election.

In noting the Democratic candidate’s closer-than-expected loss in a special election Tuesday night, Castro tweeted that Democrats had a new “blueprint” for taking control in traditionally deep-red states like Arizona. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won the state by 3.5 points in 2016 and the state last went blue in a presidential election for President Clinton in 1996.


“Arizona will have at least one Democratic senator and probably a Democratic governor next January. Will go blue in the 2020 election. #anewblueprint,” he tweeted.

Republican Debbie Lesko was projected to win Arizona’s nationally watched special election, fending off a strong challenge from Democrats in a district that President Trump won by 21 points in 2016.

One of Arizona’s Senate seats, currently held by retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R), will be open in November. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Cindy McCain ‘disappointed’ McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell Report that Bush won’t support Trump reelection ‘completely made up,’ spokesman says MORE (R-Ariz.) holds the other Senate seat and despite battling cancer has announced no plans to retire.

Castro, who served as the secretary for Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration, is thought to be testing the waters for a possible 2020 presidential run himself.

NBC News reported in February that Castro was headlining an event for New Hampshire’s Young Democrats chapter, an event in an important primary state that could signal future ambitions for the 43-year-old seen as one of the younger stars of the party.

His brother, Texas Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroTop Hispanic Caucus members endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito in NY House primary Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe CHC says George Floyd death shows ‘tiny fraction’ of what people of color confront in their daily lives MORE (D), was being actively recruited last year by Democrats to run for governor of Texas, an effort reported by Politico to be frustrated by Julian Castro’s possible presidential leanings.

Joaquin Castro instead announced he would seek reelection in the fall, and faces a Republican challenger, former Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R-Texas).

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