Robert Francis O’Rourke is polling at less than 1% in a new Iowa poll.
Looks like the massacre of twenty-two people in El Paso did not result in his chance to ‘gain some momentum”
Maybe he just paused his campaign to search for a new spotlight. Or to eat some regenerative dirt. Or something.
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.”….
O’Rourke left the Democratic debates in Detroit last week for three days of campaigning in Nevada. He canceled a visit to California’s San Quentin prison scheduled for Monday, two days after the shooting. And Wednesday, he said he was canceling Friday’s appearance in Iowa as well.
He was scheduled to appear at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair — a campaign staple that only three other invited candidates — Democrats Mike Gravel and Wayne Messam, and Republican President Donald Trump — have not committed to.
Also canceled: A Des Moines rally and an appearance at a Native American event over the weekend. He also hasn’t confirmed his attendance at a candidate forum on gun safety in Des Moines Saturday organized by two gun control groups….
The RealClearPolitics polling average puts O’Rourke’s support at about 2.5% nationally, good for sixth place in the crowded Democratic presidential primary field. But in the key early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, he’s been lagging at closer to 1%.
His fundraising has also slowed. After raising $9.4 million in 18 days to open his campaign, he took in $3.7 million in the second quarter for a total of $13 million. He spent $7.8 million, and ended June with $5.2 million in the bank.