O’Rourke ends US presidential bid
Monday, November 4, 2019
O'Rourke dropped out ahead of the upcoming Democratic primary debate scheduled for November 20 in Georgia. According to reports, O'Rourke was not qualifying for the debate; two weeks before the November 13 deadline, O'Rourke had only reached 3 percent support in two qualifying polls, of which four are needed.
O'Rourke made gun control a key issue of his campaign. After a mass shooting near the border in August, the O'Rourke campaign cancelled events as O'Rourke returned home El Paso, Texas, where he is a former City Councillor. A month later, during the third primary debate, O'Rourke defended his proposal of a mandatory buyback program, saying that "Hell yes, we’re going to take your ."
- Beto O'Rourke. "Thank you." — , November 1, 2019