The Democratic field for President of the United States is in complete chaos.
And with over 20 candidates vying for the nomination, several are collapsing at rapid speed.
But no one has seen a steeper decline than this former rising star, who saw his career come crashing down because of one poll.
The Democratic primary field for president is one of the most destructive and chaotic in history.
A record 20+ candidates, most of whom are current or former elected officials, are running for the nomination.
And it’s still anyone’s game to see who will emerge as the eventual nominee.
But one thing remains clear even about a year out from the last Democratic primaries that are set to take place: the nominee will likely not be Robert “Beto” O’Rourke.
O’Rourke has seen his star fade just as quickly as it rose.
After nearly knocking off Ted Cruz in the 2018 US Senate race in Texas, Beto was expected to become a serious candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Instead, his campaign collapsed almost immediately after it took off the ground.
Now, Beto is having to defend the fact that he’s polling near the bottom of the barrel in Iowa, the first state to vote in the Democratic nomination contest next year.
The Hill reports, “Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Sunday morning dismissed a just-released Iowa Poll that shows him with just 2 percent support in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
The former Texas congressman dropped from being the first choice of 11 percent of Iowa Democrats in December to being the first choice for 2 percent this month.”
“I don’t know that this many months out from the caucuses in Iowa these polls really indicate what our prospects are,” O’Rourke said, trying to defend the collapse his campaign has seen in a matter of weeks.
O’Rourke’s standing in the polls have declined dramatically since he entered the race.
And it may only be a matter of time before his campaign folds from a lack of energy and enthusiasm.
“O’Rourke has struggled to find the same support in early voting states and nationwide that he saw in his popular but ultimately unsuccessful Senate race against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas),” adds The Hill.
Things can only get worse for Beto however.
With such a large field of candidates, it’s easy to see Beto ending up near 0% in the polls like several other candidates by the time the first states start voting early next year.
“The same poll showed former Vice President Joe Biden solidly in the lead in Iowa with 24 percent of the vote. The race for second is a statistical tie between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 16 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at 15 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14 percent,” concludes The Hill.
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