Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke listens during a gun safety forum Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Beto O'Rourke drops out of 2020 presidential race

The articulate former Texas congressman is throwing in the towel, admitting his campaign never fully caught on


Nicole Karlis
November 2, 2019 12:16AM (UTC)

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas announced he will no longer be moving forward in the 2020 presidential race. O’Rourke made the announcement on Friday in a post on the writing platform Medium.

In that post, O’Rourke wrote:

"Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully. My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.”

O’Rourke did not endorse another candidate, but said he will support whoever snags the spot.

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“We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020,” he continued. “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 that nominee is.”

O'Rourke announced in March that he was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Previously, he gained national name recognition after waging a senatorial campaign to oust Republican Ted Cruz in the last election cycle, in which he came within a few points of defeating Cruz in deep red Texas. He had been falling behind for months in single digits in public opinion polls and was at risk of not qualifying for the forthcoming November debate.


Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a news writer at Salon. She covers health, science, tech and gender politics. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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