Kirsters Baish| Beto O’Rourke was a fan favorite of the Democratic Party for a while, but the once-loved politician seems to be having trouble reigniting campaign interest in his presidential ventures with only 35 people showing up to his Las Vegas speech.
Conservative duo Diamond and Silk report:
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 that Beto’s may not make it much further in his presidential run.
“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 reported. “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.”
The report from BizPac Review reports that the event was moved to a smaller venue only half an hour prior to O’Rourke’s scheduled speaking time when it was realized how few supporters showed up to the event.
BizPac Review explained that supporters’ interest in O’Rouke may have been overshadowed 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.”
People on Twitter poked at O’Rourke for his small turnout: