Beto O'Rourke Hopes to Bounce Back in Polls

Barbara Schwarz
May 14, 2019 - 6:28 am
Beto O'Rourke

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Beto O'Rourke's once high-flying campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency has taken a dive. 

Expectations were very high when the former congressman from El Paso entered the race in mid March.  He raised around six million dollars in the first 24 hours after his announcement.  He was in the top tier of candidates and then the field began to further fill out.  SMU political science professor Cal Jillson says two things happened that sunk him into the low single digits.  "Mayor Pete got in to the race and is just as young and just as magnetic as Beto is, and then vice president Biden got into the race and went right to the top and is leading all polls with Bernie Sanders second.  It just hasn't left a lot of oxygen, even for other prominent candidates."

O'Rourke entered a somewhat quiet period but now plans to re-introduce his campaign with an appearance on The View.   Jillson says O'Rourke's campaign was personality driven and disorganized.   "You have to have a strategy, you have to have an agenda.  He had none of those things.  He had Beto on a table top.  That has proven to be not enough. Now he's going to try to reorganize the campaign and relaunch it."

He says you "can't run for president without a group of people who help you set schematics, who help you figure out what your campaign stops are going to be,  You have to  have a campaign design."

Jillson says will be very difficult to do because, as the saying goes,  you only have one chance to make a first impression.

He says O'Rourke could drop out and instead run for the Democratic nomination for senate.  MJ Hegar, who lost a congressional race in 2018 is running and former state representative Chris Bell and state senator Royce West are considering a run.  O'Rourke rose to national prominence after losing a narrow race to Senator Ted Cruz in 2018.