EL PASO, Texas (KETK) – Former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke has announced he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
O’Rourke made the announcement Friday in an email to supporters after a disappointing campaign that failed to build off the momentum generated from his longshot Texas Senate run.
“Though today we are suspending this campaign, let useach continue our commitment to the country in whatever capacity we can,” he wrote in the email.
He also announced the decision in a series of tweets:
O’Rourke, who represented El Paso in Congress, entered the race as one of the most talked-about candidates following his narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in deeply conservative Texas in 2018. After his loss, Democratic activists in states that hold early presidential voting contests, including Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, formed “Draft Beto” groups, which raised money and tried to line up supporters for a potential 2020 bid.
Despite the initial jolt of interest from voters and the media, his campaign failed to find footing following debate performances that were highly critiqued and consistent struggles to crack double digits in polls.
The move leaves Julian Castro as the sole Texan still left in the race.