Until the Beto end

By Gatien Delaunay

The presidential candidate was supposed to hold a meeting in Dubuque on Monday, Nov. 4. 

Democratic presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, announced Nov. 1 that he is dropping out of the presidential race. Disappointing surveys and difficulties in finding funding have overtaken O’Rourke’s candidacy, as he declared in Des Moines, IA:

“We have to clearly see at this point that we do not have the means to pursue this campaign successfully, and that my service will not be as a candidate nor as the nominee of this party for the presidency.”

It was a hard decision for the candidate, who announced his campaign during the Texas midterm elections last year. Texas is considered a republican state, with the last democratic Senator being Bob Krueger. He served barely four months before being called to fill the vacancy left by Lloyd Bentsen, who became Secretary of the Treasury. He also lost the elections in June 1993 against the republican candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison. After O’Rourke’s loss against the incumbent Ted Cruz, he became very popular and generated enthusiasm among the Democratic Texans. The writer for FiveThirtyEight Clare Malone stated:

“Even with O’Rourke losing in Texas, I think the political future looks bright for him. He raised a lot of money and got Instagram/Facebook famous in a matter of a couple of months, and I think that could be a big deal in, say, a Democratic presidential primary.”

While he did not manage to stir the same enthusiasm during the Democratic primaries, the announcement of his candidacy was a sign of hope for a number of Democrats, as he raised around $6 million online only 24 hours after his announcement, according to the NY Times. But according to the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination polling data issued by RealClearPolitics, O’Rourke received only 2%. This is less than low-profile candidates, such as Kamala Harris (3.9%) or Pete Buttigieg (7.1%), and far from the mainstream candidates Bernie Sanders (17.1%), Elizabeth Warren (20.3%), and Joe Biden (29.1%). O’Rourke has shown lucidity but is not resigned to carrying his ideals and supporting his party. On a series of tweets, he declared: 

“We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever she or he is.”

“Let us continue to fearlessly champion the issues and causes that brought us together. Whether it is ending the epidemic of gun violence or dismantling structural racism or successfully confronting climate change, we will continue to organize and mobilize and act.” — In response to his first tweet.

O’Rourke’s program was primarily focused on gun safety and reducing the influence of the NRA, implementing universal health care, considerably softening the migration policies at the US/Mexico border, and mobilizing $5 trillion over 10 years to fight climate change.

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