Ever since Pete Buttigieg of Indiana emerged on the scene as a Democratic candidate for 2020, people have been losing interest for Beto O’Rourke.
Even many people in the liberal media who used to swoon for Beto, now wouldn’t give him the time of day.
This week, Beto held a campaign event on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The crowd was very small.
The Daily Caller reports:
A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE GO TO BETO CAMPAIGN EVENT
Former Texas Rep. and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke had a small crowd for a campaign event at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Friday.
“Around 35 people here to see Beto O’Rourke at UNLV,” Emma Kinery, a Bloomberg reporter tweeted. “The rally was supposed to be held in the courtyard outside, but students told me no one is on campus on Fridays bc it’s mainly a commuter school.”
O’Rourke has seen somewhat of a decline in recent weeks despite having raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign. That number led all of the candidates up until former Vice President Joe Biden out-raised him earlier this week.
O’Rourke’s popularity in the media has also steadily declined in recent weeks. During the week of March 31-April 6, his name was mentioned on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News a total of 300 times, according to FiveThirtyEight.
The only candidate whose name was mentioned more was independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Take a look at the photos in the tweets below:
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) April 26, 2019
Around 35 people here to see Beto O’Rourke at UNLV. The rally was supposed to be held in the courtyard outside, but students told me no one is on campus on Fridays bc it’s mainly a commuter school. pic.twitter.com/zFygogVAe6
— Emma Kinery (@EmmaKinery) April 26, 2019
Beto is also losing staffers.
Two 2020 Advisers Drop from Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke Campaign
Two former Bernie Sanders 2016 campaigners who advised the launch of Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke’s 2020 campaign are no longer paid O’Rourke staff.
Becky Bond and Zack Malitz had worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign before joining Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke’s 2018 failed bid to take the U.S. Senate seat of Texas’ Ted Cruz. The two went on to join paid staff in launching O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign this year.
Bond and Malitz are no longer on O’Rourke’s paid staff and O’Rourke’s team is attributing the staffing change to temporary staffing for the launch.
These are not good signs for Beto’s 2020 prospects.