Beto O’Rourke Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign


Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

On November 1, just hours before he was scheduled to speak at a dinner for Democratic presidential candidates, Beto O’Rourke announced his withdrawal from the presidential race via a post on Medium and an email shared with his supporters.  His withdrawal comes amid a lack of financial resources to campaign competitively and effectively prior to the early primary/caucus states.  

O’Rourke announced his presidential campaign in March after he lost to Ted Cruz in a very close election for a seat in the Senate. Despite his loss in this election, the votes he amassed were very impressive considering he was running as a Democratic candidate in one of the most brightly-colored red states in America. He earned the most votes ever cast for a Democrat in Texas history. His campaign for the Senate gained him national supporters, including former President Barack Obama whom he has been compared to for his rapid political ascension. His support seems to stem from the genuine beliefs his personal platform uses as a foundation. During his presidential campaign, O’Rourke mainly focused on the fight against climate change, legalizing marijuana, racial inequalities, and (most prominently, following the mass shooting in his hometown El Paso in August) gun control. His downfall may be partially due to his radical promise to confiscate automatic weapons in a buyback plan. Fellow Democrats disagreed with his stance because they claimed it played into the Republicans’ stereotypical liberal who wants to banish all guns as the solution to gun violence.

Though he was unable to keep his campaign afloat, O’Rourke is not at the end of his political road. He is very young for a celebrity politician at the ripe age of 47, but according to Beto himself, “I cannot fathom a scenario where I would run for public office again if I’m not the nominee.” O’Rourke’s team has flatout denied that he will run for one of Texas’ seats in the Senate in 2020 despite the heavily agreed upon suggestion from his donors that he could be successful there. Beto O’Rourke’s future political moves are currently undisclosed, but his loyal supporters are waiting eagerly to aid him in any potential endeavors.