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BY: Andrew Stiles
Former congressman and failed Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke needs to make a splash at the first Democratic primary debate in Miami this week if he wants to revive his failing presidential campaign.
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O'Rourke is floundering at 3.3 percent in the Real Clear Politics polling average, as Democratic primary voters line up behind old favorites (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders) and flock to intriguing newcomers (Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris). The enthusiasm he managed to generate as a Senate candidate running against Ted Cruz in Texas hasn't carried over onto the national stage.
Even some of Beto's earliest supporters and financial backers are frustrated and beginning to look elsewhere, BuzzFeed News reports:
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BuzzFeed News spoke to more than a dozen small-dollar donors. . .who said they gave O’Rourke money on the day he announced his run for president — in what was, for many of them, their first-ever political donation. Back then, they were excited, energized, and hopeful about the campaign.
As O’Rourke has slipped in the polls and out of the national spotlight, most echoed Simental’s feelings of disappointment, frustration, and confusion, even as they still supported O’Rourke's candidacy. And many share a feeling that O’Rourke’s relative absence from national media at the beginning of his campaign is partly at fault for his struggles.
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