Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who began this year as one of the Democratic Party’s stars, has ended his presidential campaign.
“Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” O’Rourke wrote in a Medium post on Friday.
O’Rourke was scheduled to speak at the Liberty and Justice Celebration dinner Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa. His supporters had lined the sidewalks outside the arena where the dinner is to take place with his trademark black signs and enormous letters spelling “No Fear” and “you Beto believe it.”
The campaign’s volunteers outside the arena were shocked to learn O’Rourke was ending his campaign — some were in tears.
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