Democrats keep trying to elect a prominent member of their party.
But it hasn’t gone the way that they hoped.
This top Democrat has faced three utterly humiliating defeats in a row.
Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke raised tens of millions of dollars only to get crushed in the 2022 midterms.
O’Rourke raised more than $76.5 million through the end of October, outraising Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott by about $1.5 million in October alone.
Yet for all the money that he was lavishly given, Beto O’Rourke lost his race for Texas governor against incumbent Republican Greg Abbott.
This isn’t the first time.
O’Rourke has spent roughly $175 million running unsuccessful campaigns vying for a series of different offices in the past four years.
The former congressman lost a race to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his 2020 presidential bid and now has failed to win in the Texas governor’s race.
“With each new race he loses it becomes more difficult to convince voters and persuade them that he can still win the next race,” said Sharon Navarro, a political scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, according to The Texas Tribune. “That’s a very difficult barrier to overcome for a third-time loser.”
O’Rourke admitted in his concession speech Tuesday night in El Paso that he did not “know what form” his future in politics would take.
“I don’t know what my role or yours will be going forward, but I’m in this fight for life,” O’Rourke said, a line that drew more cheers that any other in his speech. “Who knows what’s next for any of us, right? But I just cannot thank you enough.”
Matt Mackowiak, a GOP consultant, said O’Rourke hasn’t made the changes that he needed to according to The Texas Tribune.
“It’s not clear that Beto has learned anything from his three losses. He’s learned how to organize, how to raise money and fire up the progressives, but none of those things have delivered victory,” he said.
The Atlantic magazine dubbed Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams “superstar losers.”
“Both Abrams and O’Rourke have won some elections, but their name recognition far surpasses their electoral accomplishments,” The Atlantic staff writer Jacob Stern opined. “After serving 10 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams rose to prominence in 2018, when she ran unsuccessfully for the governorship. O’Rourke served three terms as a Texas congressman before running unsuccessfully for the Senate, then the presidency. And they are both running again this year, Abrams for governor of Georgia, O’Rourke for governor of Texas. They are perhaps the two greatest exponents of a peculiar phenomenon in American politics: that of the superstar loser.”
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