Castro noted that Biden has $180 million more cash than President Donald Trump, and the gap may widen as donors see victory as a real possibility.

“There are big priorities,” he conceded, “like making sure that Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are locked down. The Biden campaign is doing a fantastic job of locking those states down, and they need to.

“But to have Texas at 48-47, 48-48 — that’s just too much to ignore. The resources and investments ought to be made,” he said.

The public reprimand marks an escalation. They and other Texas Democrats have expressed annoyance at the Biden campaign’s relatively casual approach to Texas. Jimmy Carter was the last Democratic nominee to win the state, in 1976, and through the Reagan and Bush eras the GOP solidified its control.