Beto O’Rourke Drops 2020 Democratic Bid

Beto O'Rourke, a 2020 US presidential hopeful, speaks during the "We the People" gathering at the Warner Theatre on April 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should re... Beto O'Rourke, a 2020 US presidential hopeful, speaks during the "We the People" gathering at the Warner Theatre on April 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race in a Medium post Friday afternoon.

The New York Times first broke the news of his withdrawal.

In his Medium post, O’Rourke said that though the decision to withdraw is “difficult to accept,” it has become clear to him that “this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully” and that his “service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.”

During the 2018 midterm elections, the former congressman from El Paso, Texas garnered national attention for his dynamic Senate campaign against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Despite narrowly losing the closely watched Senate race to Cruz, O’Rourke’s entry into the 2020 primary in March — which was revealed in a Vanity Fair cover story that he would later describe as a mistake — was met with celebration from figures ranging from rank-and-file Democrats to former President Barack Obama.

Although O’Rourke had a strong start to his presidential campaign by raising more than $6 million in his first day as a candidate, he failed to maintain that same momentum later on. The Times noted that O’Rourke raised more campaign funds in his first 48 hours than in the following 1,000 and gradually wiped out his campaign funds by spending more than he was receiving.

O’Rourke’s presidential campaign was marked by his championing of issues related to gun control and climate change, which included calling for federal gun-control policies that would require assault-style weapon owners to surrender their rifles to the government.

According to a New York Times/Siena College poll released on Friday, O’Rourke only had the support of 1 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa. The Times also noted that he had not yet met the requirements needed to participate in the upcoming primary debates this month and next.

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  1. Avatar for spin spin says:

    Best Friday news in a while.

    I loved the guy, but he should have run for the senate in Texas again (although M.G. Hager is one hell of a candidate), was rather callow about what was needed to run for president, then ended his bid by making statements “Hell yes, we are coming for your guns”, etc., which will be and have been used by the Pubs to rile up the rubes.

    Bye, bye. Now if we can just get Tulsi “Putin’s puppet” Gabbard and Tom “can I buy the election” Steir to go away…

  2. Avatar for outis outis says:

    He ran an honorable campaign, and there is no shame in recognizing reality.

  3. Avatar for erik_t erik_t says:

    I had and have nothing against the guy, but he wasn’t bringing a ton to the table. “I lost my last election, I should seek even higher office” has, in my opinion, never been a great sales pitch.

  4. I hope he’s still got time to keep his seat in the house.

  5. Avatar for spin spin says:

    He gave that up two cycles ago.

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