Julián Castro’s campaign will fire its staff in New Hampshire and South Carolina, an official familiar with the campaign told POLITICO. The campaign notified the state teams on Monday and their final day will be next week.
The source said the campaign will continue focusing on Iowa and Nevada with a $50,000 television ad buy in Iowa beginning Tuesday morning. The moves amount to a long-shot attempt to remain in the presidential contest in the hopes of catching fire before the first contests begin next February.
Castro is not alone in having to cut staff recently in the face of weak polling and fundraising. Sen. Kamala Harris also recently restructured her team and has gone all-in on Iowa while several other candidates such as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke have decided to drop out rather than make deep staff cuts.