With weak polling numbers and little excitement behind his fledgeling campaign, a new poll shows most Texans Democrats would rather Beto throw in the towel early on his bid to become President.
A separate poll from Reuters showed, Beto has lost support from young voters and minorities.
The public opinion poll released on Thursday shows support for O’Rourke among registered Democratic and independent voters slipped by 3 percentage points since a May survey to 3% overall.
During the same time, other leading Democratic presidential candidates saw their support increase.
The poll found 31% of Democratic and independent voters would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, 14% supported U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and 9% backed U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Most Texas Democrats say they’d prefer former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke to abandon his campaign for president and instead take on Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the 2020 Senate race, a new poll released Wednesday shows.
Sixty percent of about 400 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters polled by a Quinnipiac University said they would prefer to see a O’Rourke take on Cornyn. The poll surveyed 1,159 voters overall and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points overall and plus or minus 5.8 percentage points for Democrats and Democratic-leaners.
Yet O’Rourke was still preferred over most other Democratic candidates for president. Former Vice President Joe Biden led the pack as the top choice for 30 percent of Texas Democrats polled. O’Rourke was behind him with 16 percent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 15 percent and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 11 percent.
California Sen. Kamala Harris and Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and HUD secretary, each claimed 4 percent, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg took 3 percent.