Is it over for Robert “Beto” O’Rourke?
The one-time media darling-turned-struggling presidential candidate is putting his presidential campaign “on pause” in the wake of a mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.
Beto O’Rourke has canceled campaign appearances in Iowa, deciding to remain in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, as it grieves a mass shooting rather than participate in what is considered a key campaign opportunity at the Iowa State Fair. …
In a statement to the Associated Press, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said it was “unconscionable” that O’Rourke’s decision to take time off from the campaign trail would be turned into speculation about the “horse race.”
“Beto is staying in El Paso to support his hometown that was the target of a terrorist attack, inspired by the words of Donald Trump,” Dillon said in the statement. “Now more than ever, this country needs the honest leadership Beto continues to demonstrate — and that is why he running for president.”
But a new poll released today shows O’Rourke’s support in the early state crashed from 6 percent in April to less than 1 percent in August.
Beto is the second choice of only 1 percent of Iowa caucus goers, according to the Monmouth University survey.
But O’Rourke’s campaign has been plagued by weak fundraising and tiny crowds.
Politico reported in July:
Beto O’Rourke will report raising about $3.6 million from April through June, a startlingly small sum for a candidate whose presidential campaign once appeared ascendant and who raised massive amounts of money for his 2018 Senate race.
The total, which O’Rourke’s campaign will send to supporters tonight in an email, is less than half the $9.4 million O’Rourke raised in the first quarter, and well below the $6.1 million O’Rourke raised in the 24 hours after he announced his presidential campaign in March, which raised early expectations for his campaign.
One of the few things smaller than his fundraising haul is his crowd sizes.
He was in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June to tour flood damage and speak to Democrat activists.
Judging by the video his campaign posted, there were about 20 people in the room.
Great being in Tulsa tonight for an important conversation about fighting dangerous efforts to roll back reproductive health care, working to ensure we achieve equal pay, and mobilizing to finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. pic.twitter.com/aSbj1bOJ75
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 2, 2019
O’Rourke defended abortion to a small group in a small room at the Tulsa County Democratic headquarters.
The Tulsa World reported:
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke spent several hours visiting Tulsa County flood victims Sunday and then met with party regulars at the local Democratic headquarters.
The trip was part campaign swing, part fact-finding mission for O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman fighting for position in the teeming Democratic presidential pool.
Former Gov. David Walters served as escort for O’Rourke, but made it clear he wasn’t endorsing the flagging candidate.
Walters, a member of the Democratic National Committee and the party’s executive committee, said he was acting strictly as a host.
Asked if he had endorsed O’Rourke, Walters said, “No, but I love the guy. I think he’s one of our top-tier candidates.”
In a recent New Hampshire poll, Beto earned the support of 0.0 percent of respondents, further complicating his problems, and undoubtedly adding to his desire to put his campaign “on pause.”