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Politics Podcast: Julian Castro’s Path To The 2020 Nomination

Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio mayor and a former secretary of housing and urban development, announced his candidacy for president on Saturday. The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast team debates what his seemingly long-shot path to the Democratic nomination could look like. The crew also lays out a rubric for evaluating candidate strengths and weaknesses and discusses the political situation that has kept the government partially shut down for a record amount of time.

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