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Julián Castro gets support of nine lawmakers who previously backed Beto O’Rourke

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A group of state lawmakers who previously endorsed Beto O’Rourke is getting behind fellow Texan Julián Castro now that O’Rourke has dropped out of the presidential race.

The endorsements come as Castro, now the only Texan in the race, is increasing his focus on the state — and searching for a path forward for his cash-strapped campaign, which is having to lay off staff even after meeting a do-or-die deadline to raise $800,000 last week.

The new endorsements, which Castro’s campaign first shared Tuesday with The Texas Tribune, include four legislators from O’Rourke’s native El Paso: state Sen. José Rodríguez and state Reps. César Blanco , Art Fierro and Joe Moody , the House speaker pro tem. The endorsements also include state Reps. Ana-Maria Ramos of Richardson, Gene Wu of Houston, Abel Herrero of Robstown and Oscar Longoria of Mission, as well as former Rep. Jessica Farrar of Houston, who retired at the end of September.

“Julián is a national leader with a clear vision for a more prosperous and diverse nation,” Rodríguez said in a statement. “His focus on promoting equal opportunity for all Americans, including the most vulnerable, is the kind of leadership we need in a nominee to take on Donald Trump.”

The endorsements are landing at a fraught time for the Castro campaign. It is pulling resources out of New Hampshire and South Carolina as it refocuses on a trio of states including Texas, a development that Politico first reported Monday night .

Castro has plenty of work to do […]

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