Julián Castro, the former housing secretary under President Obama, said in a video released Thursday that he would end his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together. We’ve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people, and given a voice to those who are often forgotten," Castro said in a four-minute message released by his campaign.
"But with only a month until the Iowa caucuses and given the circumstances of this campaign season, I've determined that it simply isn’t our time," he said. "Today it’s with a heavy heart, and profound gratitude, that I will suspend my campaign for president."
"I’m not done fighting," he continued. "I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care and a decent place to live."
The RealClearPolitics polling average showed Castro consistently near the bottom of the field with less than 2% support.