Beto O’Rourke Drops Out of 2020 Race

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"I will be part of this and so will you", he said.

O'Rourke had been struggling in the polls and largely failed to harness the energy resulting from his meteoric rise in the 2018 Senate race against incumbent Ted Cruz, who was narrowly re-elected.

"From the beginning, the attributes that made him seem like an attractive presidential candidate were based on a very different kind of race", Henson said.

Rather than sticking to his pragmatist bona fides, O'Rourke strayed to the left, sometimes even to the left of his Democratic rivals, proposing mandatory national buybacks for assault weapons and revoking the tax-exempt status of American churches that refuse to support same-sex marriage. Elizabeth Warren of MA tweeted.

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Mr O'Rourke also found himself leap-frogged by another young, charismatic candidate - 37-year-old Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He ended his campaign polling at 2 percent.

Beto made a big splash after announcing his run for president by raising $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, but his early success faded as other candidates caught the imaginations of Democrat voters. They had arrived near the Democratic Party's dinner site before the sun rose Friday, and had decked out decorations in the event space alongside every other campaign before O'Rourke's announcement came.

As he launched his campaign, he posed on the cover of Vanity Fair, telling the magazine about the White House race: "Man, I'm just born to be in it". During this campaign he visited all of Texas' 254 counties and raised more than $80 million in campaign contributions. O'Rourke, who was previously on the El Paso City Council and previously represented the city in Congress, cancelled several days of campaigning to be with his community.

He spent several weeks trying to build his campaign around climate change, calling global warming the greatest existential threat the country had ever faced.

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As the initial buzz over his campaign began to subside, Mr O'Rourke tried to reboot his candidacy.

Though he didn't announce his future political plans, Mr. O'Rourke signaled that he wasn't done fighting for his causes, including tougher gun control laws, which had become the focus of his presidential run after an August mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso.

In a post on the Medium website, O'Rourke said he chose to run for president so he could unite "a divided country" to confront the "greatest set of challenges" faced by the U.S. He has repeatedly denied having any interest in that race.

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