Via – ABC News
Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced on Twitter that he’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. Beto has been polling at the bottom of the Democrat primary field.
The Democrat announced his candidacy in March, prompting media attention and polling numbers that put him among the then-front-runners and leading to an impressive first-day fundraising haul of $6.1 million.
President Trump Responded to the news saying “Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was “born for this.” I don’t think so!” Read Tweet HERE
But O’Rourke’s stock steadily declined in the following months, with lackluster debate performances, a steep drop in fundraising and a plunge in the polls — registering no more than 3% or 4% in some national and state polls. He eventually failed to secure two additional polls to qualify for the November debate, which will be hosted in Georgia by MSNBC and The Washington Post.
O’Rourke announced his White House bid just months after losing a closely watched 2018 midterm race in which he challenged Republican stalwart Sen. Ted Cruz, losing by just 3 percentage points. It was the closest race Texas had seen in recent decades. O’Rourke raised a record $38 million in one quarter of 2018, three times Cruz’s totals for the same period and the most raised in a U.S. Senate race in history.
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