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Castro-for-gov rumblings in Texas

While we're waiting for the final act of the 2012 campaign to get started tonight, some more early chatter about the 2014 cycle, from the San Antonio Express-News:

In the home stretch of a crucial election effort to pass his pre-K education plan, Mayor Juli?n Castro is being drafted for a different race, two years away.

Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina launched a social media movement last week to draft Castro for the 2014 Texas governor's race. ...

Castro "is focused very much on this election, on passing Pre-K 4 SA," said Christian Archer, the mayor's campaign manager. "We have talked about the (mayoral) reelection campaign, which is coming up in May, but there's been no talk of running for governor."

This is a Web-based bit of advocacy from a single county chairman, so we're not talking about a runaway political train or anything. Still, Castro's speech at the Democratic convention in August put him on the national map in a way that ensures he'll be bandied about in Texas and nationally as a candidate for the 2014 governor's race -- an election over which Rick Perry's still-unknown intentions cast a long shadow.

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