Julian Castro plans to lay off his New Hampshire and South Carolina staffers, according to Politico. An official familiar with the campaign said that the state teams were notified Monday and their last day will be next week.
Politico reports that the campaign will refocus its efforts in Iowa and Nevada before the first primaries and caucuses begin early next year. To be included in the next debate, Castro needs to hit 3 percent in four polls approved by the Democratic National Committee or 5 percent in DNC-approved early-state surveys. Castro hasn’t qualified in a poll yet, but he has until Nov. 13 to qualify.