Beto O’Rourke Ends 2020 Presidential Bid

Zach Singer, Staff Writer

Beto O’Rourke, gassed out of money and face-planting in DNC polls, abandoned his presidential campaign on Friday, Nov. 1 just hours before the Iowa Democratic event.


 After a neck-and-neck Senate battle in a fight to turn Texas blue in 2018, O’Rourke’s mission ultimately failed at the hands of Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. Cheered for his efforts by highly ranked Democrats and admired by former President Barack Obama for his near-miss challenge in the nation’s largest red state, O’Rourke would announce his run for presidency just months after the 2018 midterms on March 14. 


O’Rourke, capitalizing on his popularity, surged in early polls. The former Texas Congressman was immediately viewed as a top-tier presidential contender, miraculously polling third behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. 


Then, it all came crashing down. 


Though he struggled to gain support during the summer and failed to poll higher than 5 percent, O’Rourke was still afloat with a wildcard shot to get the nomination. Unfortunately, the Texas Rep. would just continue to trend downward. Then came the moment that forever altered the course of his campaign. 


“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, AK-47,” he said in a Democratic presidential debate on Sept. 12. “We’re not going to allow them to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”


Not only did this make him enemy number one for the Republican Party and the NRA, but this strict mandatory gun buyback policy didn’t rest well with other candidates. 


“I don’t need lessons from you on courage, political, or personal,” said fellow democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg after sparring with O’Rourke on gun control. 


The former Congressman, who was already lacking supporters, was not able to build any momentum after this moment. One of the other cons to O’Rourke’s candidacy was his lack of charisma. Many say he didn’t have that memorable trait or quality that the Democratic Party seems to be looking for. 


With lack of support, a low amount of money, and dramatically low polling numbers, Beto abandoned his once promising presidential campaign and exited the race on Nov. 1.