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Julián Castro and Elizabeth Warren embrace after a Democratic debate in June.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

When Julián Castro dropped out of the Democratic primary, progressive quarters bemoaned the loss of yet another candidate of color, not to mention one who championed issues like the legality of border crossing that might not otherwise have made their way into the conversation. Less than a week after he took himself out of the running, Castro is lending some of that cred to Elizabeth Warren, announcing his endorsement on Monday. “There’s one candidate I see who’s unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America’s promise will be there for everyone,” he said. “Elizabeth and I share a vision of America where everyone counts. An America where people—not wealthy or well-connected—are put first.” He added, “I’m proud to join her in the fight for big, structural change.”

Castro’s vote of confidence comes at a key moment for Warren’s campaign, which sputtered in the final months of 2019, raising $21.2 million—about a 30% drop from the previous quarter—as her rivals’ fundraising surged. Warren also received some unwelcome news on Sunday, when a CBS News survey conducted by YouGov she had slipped in the early primary state of New Hampshire, and is behind the trifecta of Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg in Iowa, where she once led the polls.

Castro, who failed to make an impression in the polls with his own bid, doesn’t necessarily have a huge base to transfer over to Warren. But he does have a great deal of goodwill among progressives. Warren, who has watched as other influential progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez91联盟彩票开户 throw their weight behind Sanders, could use that energy on her side. So far, Sanders and Biden have been the race’s in endorsements; the former vice president Sunday that he’d earned the backing of several key swing-state Democrats. But a high-profile endorsement could help Warren win back some of the momentum she’s lost in recent weeks, and give her a powerful ally on the campaign trail heading into primary season.

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