Beto O’Rourke Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

Beto O’Rourke Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke announced that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race in a Medium post Friday afternoon.

O'Rourke tweeted Friday that his campaign "has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively".

"Beto will not be a candidate for US Senate in Texas in 2020", communications director Rob Friedlander told AFP. Ted Cruz of Texas in 2018.

O'Rourke ran on a campaign that focused on issues including climate change and gun control. He met with President Barack Obama, who saw in O'Rourke some of the same hopeful political style that he rode to the White House.

When Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez took the stage, he thanked Mr. O'Rourke for running and called on the crowd to give him a "special round of applause" for running a "spirited campaign".

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In the latest opinion poll by New York Times and Siena College on Friday, Mr O'Rourke drew the support of just 1per cent of voters in the crucial early-voting state of Iowa. The former three-term congressman had a highly anticipated entrance into the race in March, just months after he came within fewer than three points of knocking off Texas Republican Sen. "Beto O'Rourke has done fantastic things for the Democratic Party in Texas, and we look forward to his future". He had not yet met the thresholds for participating in the upcoming primary debates in November and December.

Considered a media darling, Mr O'Rourke was seen as the breakout star of the midterm elections when he nearly defeated Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz in the traditionally GOP seat - falling just 3% short. O'Rourke was one of them.

The latest New York Times-Siena College poll released on Friday showed that Warren is now leading in Iowa, an early voting state, and is holding a slim lead over Sanders.

O'Rourke did not endorse another Democrat for the nomination, saying the country will be well served by any of the other candidates, "and I'm going to be proud to support whoever that nominee is".

O'Rourke struggled initially to define his campaign, but found a sense of objective following the mass shooting in El Paso on August 3, in which 22 people - mostly Latino - were killed by a white supremacist.

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