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Castro Considering Challenge to Governor Greg Abbott

U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) is reportedly considering a bid to challenge Governor Greg Abbott in 2018.

Castro was originally called a potential candidate to challenge Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. Castro announced that he had ruled out a challenge to Cruz, but Texas Democratic chair Gilberto Hinojosa told the Dallas Morning News that Castro is considering challenging Abbott.

Castro, 42, has represented the Texas 20th Congressional District since being elected in 2013. Castro is the twin brother of former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro.

No polls have been run for a hypothetical race between Abbott and Joaquin Castro. In a poll released earlier this year, Abbott topped Castro's bother, Julian, 57 percent to 28 percent.

If Castro joined the race, he would be facing Dallas businessman Jeffery Payne and hospice owner Tom Wakely in the Democratic nomination for governor.

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