It's down to the wire for Julián Castro's 2020 run.
The former Housing and Urban Development secretary has failed to gain traction throughout his presidential campaign, never polling above the low single digits. And now it appears Castro is running low on cash, telling his supporters in a Monday morning email he needs $800,000 by the end of the month or he'll end his campaign.
Castro has so far managed to make every Democratic primary debate, but he said in his email he's worried about continuing that streak into November. "These debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people," Castro said in the email. And without another $800,000 in the next 10 days, "we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February," he continued. Castro tweeted a similar message, pairing it with a video of speech highlights from throughout his campaign.
I’m extremely proud of the historic and bold campaign we have built together.
But this is a critical moment— if my campaign can’t raise $800,000 by October 31st, my campaign will be silenced for good. Help us keep up the fight.
Castro had his best fundraising quarter of his run from July–September, with his campaign pulling in $3.5 million but having just $672,333 cash on hand at the end of Q3. Those totals are far below most frontrunners and even mid-tier candidates in the race. Castro has also struggled to hit the polling threshold to appear on the debate stage next month. Kathryn Krawczyk
At long last, Marvel Studios has released the first trailer for the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War and revealed the film's official title as Avengers: Endgame. The trailer, which suddenly dropped Friday morning without warning, opens with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) stranded in space expecting to die of starvation soon, apparently after being left on Titan at the end of Infinity War. "Part of the journey is the end," Stark says in a message to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), a line that telegraphs Endgame's conclusion to the first 11 years of the Marvel cinematic universe.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, the remaining Avengers who survived Thanos' decimation of half of all life in the universe grapple with what happened, and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is seen shedding a tear. "We lost, all of us," he says. "We lost friends. We lost family. We lost a part of ourselves." He and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) discuss a plan that they're confident will work.
That plan isn't revealed, nor is much of the film's plot. But Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) do make a triumphant return after sitting out Infinity War, as this time, it's clearly an all hands on deck kind of situation. The trailer ends with the dramatic reveal of the film's official title, which had been long kept a secret. Watch the full trailer for Avengers: Endgame below. Brendan Morrow