The high-point of Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination came shortly after he announced he was running for the highest office in the land. It’s been all downhill since.
And his latest comment about the state of his race isn’t helping.
According to RealClearPolitics’ roundup of major polls taken around the end of May and the beginning of June, O’Rourke has only 3.8 percent of likely Democratic voters willing to cast their ballot for him in 2020. That puts him at number six in the crowded field of candidates.
In Iowa, long considered a crucial state to capture, Beto is doing even worse. He’s at two percent, according to The Hill.
Asked how he can possibly pull himself out of the deep hole his candidacy has sunk into, O’Rourke replied, “Look, there is a lot of time before the [Feb. 3] Iowa Caucus. We've never been guided by a poll before.”
Lots of candidates have dismissed bad polling results before. But then he said something that’s getting him mocked all the way back to his hometown of El Paso.
“If you were to look at the Texas Senate race the first couple of months after we were in, no poll was going to say that we were going to win that,” he added.
The Hill’s Twitter followers quickly pointed out the obvious to Beto.
O’Rourke lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) in the 2018 U.S. Senate race by 2.6 percent, according to the New York Times. While it seemed like he had a chance for victory back then, his performance against the leading Democratic presidential candidates has been so abysmal that a number of his supporters are begging him to drop out so he can instead run against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx.), who is seeking a fourth term.
Cornyn has been running on the platform of not “wanting to turn Texas into things I think most Texans would not approve of: higher taxes, more regulation, less freedom. So a lot of what I intend to do is fight to keep Texas, Texas and not turn us into California,” according to CBS DFW.