Yesterday, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke is now an official Democratic presidential candidate. His announcement was made in conjunction with a campaign trip to Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucus vote.
Mr. O’Rourke became a political star despite losing his US Senate campaign to incumbent Ted Cruz (R) last November. Recently, however, he has dropped into single-digits in national presidential polling and is typically battling Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for fourth place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-D/VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
Though O’Rourke has potential to become a first-tier candidate, he will have to show momentum early. The Texas primary, coming on March 3rd of next year, with its 228 elected delegates (the second largest contingent from any state) will become critical in defining Mr. O’Rourke’s chances for the nomination.
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