Presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke launched his bid for presidency shortly after a closely contested Senate race that he lost to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. However, the former congressman hasn’t had much luck with his national campaign.
According to The New York Post, O’Rourke is struggling to gain traction in a packed field of candidates, to the point that the Texan admitted to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that even after traveling to more than 15 states and holding 150 plus town halls, he is dragging behind.
O’Rourke’s campaign launched in mid-March and has focused on states such as New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada, according to the Post. However, the candidate told Maddow that his campaign should be doing more.
“I recognize I can do a better job also of talking to a national audience, beyond town halls that we’re having,” O’Rourke said.
This was the El Paso native’s first appearance on Maddow’s show since his campaign launched months ago, and the news wasn’t good.
“I have an opportunity to answer your questions, Rachel, and address those who may not have been able to attend them and make sure that they can hear what this campaign is about and how I answer the questions that are put to me,” he said.
According to a recent Monmouth University poll, of the 24 candidates that have announced for the 2020 Democratic primary race, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a clear lead with 36 percent of registered Democratic support.
“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 18%. Other contenders include South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (9%), Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (8%), and California Sen. Kamala Harris (6%). Registering at least 1% in the poll are former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (2%), Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (2%), New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (2%), former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (1%), Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (1%), and entrepreneur Andrew Yang (1%). The remaining 13 candidates earn less than 1% or were not chosen by any respondents in the poll,” Monmouth University reported.