There was a time not too many months ago when Beto O’Rourke was supposed to be the guy to pick up Bernie Sanders’s mantle, keep Joe Biden from considering entering the race, and bask in the light of a pre-primary endorsement by President Obama. All of those speculations turned out to be bunk as his campaign failed to catch the collective interest of Democrats desperate for a winner to be nominated.
Beto O’Rourke is not a winner and his campaign results so far have proven that.
We’ve covered his failings in the past, but there was an important one that is truly indicative of a campaign in free fall. His CNN town hall yielded the second worst results of any this election season, barely edging ahead of Julian Castro’s.
Nielsen’s study of the total audience showed that viewers were less than excited about watching the bland ex-congressman from El Paso smile and dance around questions. The town hall’s total audience was 30 percent smaller than a normal Tuesday evening audience.
That’s enough to give the show third place in cable ratings. He drew only 714,000 viewers in a Tuesday time slot that normally gets more than a million. This while the MSNBC and Fox News competition each pulled in north of two million sets of eyes.
Poor ratings alone aren’t enough to sink a candidate, but he hasn’t been fairing well in the polls, either. He was, at one point, third in the polls behind Sanders and Joe Biden. In all 13 major polls during the month of May, he was in 6th place 11 times and was 7th in South Carolina and Pennsylvania polls. I’m not a big believer in the accuracy of polls, especially when they’re close, but these polls weren’t close. Beto is fading.
But the biggest indicator of his campaign’s free fall status is the way he’s been acting lately. He’s throwing things against the wall to get attention any way he can and it’s not resonating properly with the masses, not even the far left primary voters he’s trying to impress. It’s as if his energy, once considered to be his strength, has been drained to the point of pure desperation.
I feel silly as one of those who thought in the beginning of the year Beto O’Rourke was a real threat to challenge for the Democratic nomination. His campaign has turned into a joke with Beto being the only punchline.
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