Politico reported that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, “has flatlined in low single digits in public opinion polls,” a fact further evidenced by “deflating” and “startlingly small” fundraising figures for the second quarter of 2019 — this despite massive mainstream media support for his failed 2018 U.S. Senate bid.
“Beto O’Rourke will report raising about $3.6 million from April through June, a startlingly small sum for a candidate whose presidential campaign once appeared ascendant and who raised massive amounts of money for his 2018 Senate race,” reported Politico’s David Siders. “The total, which O’Rourke’s campaign will send to supporters tonight in an email, is less than half the $9.4 million O’Rourke raised in the first quarter, and well below the $6.1 million O’Rourke raised in the 24 hours after he announced his presidential campaign in March, which raised early expectations for his campaign.”
Politico noted that O’Rourke has been unable to match his Senate race’s financial juggernaut, noting “the quarterly fundraising total — a significant measure of a campaign’s viability — was deflating for even many of O’Rourke’s allies, who had privately raised alarms in recent days about O’Rourke raising much less than expected. O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, had been considered formidable as a presidential candidate in large part because he raised more than $80 million in his near-miss Texas Senate run last year. But O’Rourke’s fundraising machine quickly sputtered. He not only raised less in the second quarter than he did in the first quarter of this year — but he also raised less than in any of the four quarters in 2018, when he was a Senate candidate.”
Siders contrasted O’Rourke’s fundraising with the Democrats now pulling ahead of him and said O’Rourke was now in “second-tier” territory, financially speaking.
“O’Rourke is now raising money at a clip closer to second-tier candidates than to the front-runners he once ran alongside,” Siders wrote. “The five Democrats consistently polling ahead of O’Rourke — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg — raised a combined total of about $100 million.”