Once a rising star within the Democrat Party, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is now reportedly struggling to pull a crowd of more than 35 people during a campaign stop in Las Vegas.
The former congressman rose to fame when he eloquently answered a question on NFL players controversially kneeling during the National Anthem. His answer went viral and O’Rourke rode the spotlight to a presidential bid, quickly raising $6 million in the process.
BizPac Review reports his time may have come and gone after only 35 people showed up to one of his campaign rallies.
“The former congressman, who lost his bid to unseat Texas Republican Ted Cruz in the midterm elections, has seen a decline in his popularity in recent weeks as the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls has swelled,” BizPac Review reports. “The shift has come despite O’Rourke’s initial explosive campaign kickoff, surpassing all of his rivals in fundraising until former Vice President Joe Biden raised $6.3 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his candidacy on Thursday.”
According to the report, the O’Rourke campaign moved the event to a smaller venue just 30 minutes before he was set to speak.
BizPac Review reports O’Rouke’s hype may have been squashed by fellow presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg:
The last few weeks have also seen the mentions of O’Rourke’s name wane in the media where, in the week of March 31-April 6, the Democrat was referred to a total of 300 times on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, according to FiveThirtyEight. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the week with the most mentions on cable news networks, about twice as often as any other Democratic presidential candidate.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg seemed to steal some of O’Rourke’s thunder as the 37-year-old Democratic presidential candidate suddenly became what Fox News host Laura Ingraham called “the new progressive ‘It’ boy.”
Here’s how some people online responded to O’Rourke’s weak campaign showing: