Democratic presidential nominee hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s bid for the White House appears to be fading, as the former Texas representative failed to meet the polling threshold needed to enter his party’s fifth debate November 20.
O’Rourke is not alone in his diminishing bid, due to unqualifying poll results – even though he and others managed to collect enough donor funds to meet that separate prerequisite to continue to debate number five.
“Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke all appear to have reached the donor requirement, but have not met the polling requirements,” NBC News announced.
Not a big gun …
Despite getting much media attention for pushing his radical gun control agenda and proposing forced gun buybacks for AR-15 rifles, O’Rourke was never able to attain “big gun” status amongst fellow Democratic presidential primary candidates.
“In September, O’Rourke earned headlines and attention for promising to take away gun owner’s AR-15s and AK-47s, but it failed to move him to the top tier of the Democrat field,” Breitbart News recounted.
He was out-fired by the large pool of competitors on the debate floor, with others, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), being able to get center stage.
“An unofficial survey by NBC News shows eight candidates appear to have qualified already – former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, billionaire Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang,” NBC News noted.
Even though O’Rourke and the lesser candidates will be invited to hit the debate stage this coming Tuesday because of more lenient polling requirements, an invitation will most likely not be on their horizon next month.
“All 11, plus Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, have qualified for the fourth debate, which is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio,” NBC News’ Dareh Gregorian informed. “It's being hosted by CNN and The New York Times, and had lower polling fundraising criteria. Candidates had to register at least 2 percent in four qualifying polls and receive donations from at least 130,000 online donors.”
But it appears O’Rourke is not going to make the next cut.
“Recent polls show O’Rourke still struggling,” Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering reported. “O’Rourke also faces questions about his fundraising. While his fellow candidates have boasted big fundraising numbers for the third quarter, O’Rourke has not.”
According to Quinnipiac poll results unveiled Tuesday, O’Rourke only amassed 1% of voters’ support nationally, but his Real Clear Politics average was slightly higher at 2%, while the Politico/Morning Consult Poll and the Economist/YouGov Poll indicate the politician from El Paso, Texas, has a 3% following.
According to social media, O’Rourke is withholding his fundraising number for some undisclosed reason.
“Former Congressman@BetoORourke hasn’t released fundraising numbers for 3rd quarter, but tells me it’s more than last quarter ($3.6 million),” Leyla Santiago tweeted October Wednesday. “I asked why he hasn’t released numbers yet…
‘I just don’t want to, he said.”
Regardless, with the rules and the way things currently stack up, O’Rourke will suffer the same defeat he experienced after facing incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (D-Texas) in the Senate race last year, because unless he rallies more support, he will be dead in the polls.
“To qualify for the stage, candidates have to meet fundraising and polling criteria laid out by the Democratic National Committee one week before the debate,” NBC News’ Dareh Gregorian pointed out.“The polling requirement is slightly different than the previous debates – it calls for candidates to hit at least 3 percent in four qualifying state or national polls or 5 percent in two qualifying state polls. The fundraising threshold requires candidates to have received contributions from 165,000 unique donors, including 600 unique donors in 20 states.”
In the next debate, it appears Warren and Sanders will be vying for sole frontrunner status, while former Vice President Joe Biden will be try to regain his spot at the helm of the Democratic Party heading into the 2020 election.
To many, the debate is anticipated to be O’Rourke’s last hurrah, unless he miraculously turns things around from behind the podium.
“O’Rourke still has time to make a splash in next week’s Democrat debate hosted by CNN in Las Vegas,” Spiering noted.
Things looking better or worse for Democrats?
Amidst the new impeachment proceedings, statistics show that President Donald Trump isn’t necessarily being adversely affected by the negative publicity and invigorated assaults from the Democratic Party.
Even though many polls show that a growing number of Americans are swaying toward the belief that the president should be impeached and removed from office, polls showing potential 2020 election rivalries between Trump and prospective Democratic presidential nominees indicate that the commander-in-chief is closing in on his top three competitors for the White House.
Here is how Trump stacked up against the top three Democratic primary candidates in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll that surveyed nearly 1,500 self-identified registered voters nationwide between October 4 and 7.
- Biden beats Trump 51–40 percent, compared to 54–38 percent on August 28
- Sanders tops Trump 49–42 percent, compared to 53–39 percent on August 28
- Warren wins against Trump 49–41 percent, compared to 52–40 percent on August 28