On eve of major Iowa 2020 event, O'Rourke drops out

DES MOINES, Iowa - Beto O'Rourke is dropping out of the 2020 Presidential race. O'Rourke, the former Texas Congressman, is on the schedule to speak tonight at the Iowa Democratic Party's Liberty and Justice Dinner in Des Moines. The event is considered significant because it propelled candidate Barak Obama from near obscurity in 2007 into a two-term U.S. Presidency.

O'Rourke had a big start, raising $6-Million dollars the first day of his announcement to run, in March of this year. Since then, O'Rourke's campaign has stalled.

The El Paso native suspended his campaign after a mass shooting in his hometown, and turned to federal gun control, racism, and climate change as his key issues.

Both his poll numbers and his finances tanked.

O'Rourke was encouraged to drop out. The Houston Chronicle encouraged him to run again for the U.S. Senate in Texas.

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