And regardless of the near-heroic standing he achieved in the eyes of Democratic voters as a daring challenger to a Republican they loathed — Mr. Cruz — Mr. O’Rourke discovered it far harder to face out from a crop of presidential candidates that included different younger orators, like Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., and decided progressives like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Mr. O’Rourke additionally got here underneath harsh assault in a June debate from Julián Castro, the former housing secretary and a fellow Texan, who blasted Mr. O’Rourke from the left on immigration. Mr. O’Rourke, who was not an particularly robust debater in his Senate marketing campaign, appeared badly caught off guard.
To Mr. O’Rourke and his allies, it has been evident for a while that he was confronting a vanishingly slim path ahead. At the final Democratic debate, a pair of Mr. O’Rourke’s donors flew to Ohio to satisfy with him about his marketing campaign and the chance of him quitting the race to run for Senate in Texas towards John Cornyn, who’s up for re-election. Mr. O’Rourke advised them he was not operating for Senate, in line with individuals conversant in the matter.
A spokesman to Mr. O’Rourke reiterated that stance on Friday.
“Beto will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas in 2020,” stated Rob Friedlander, an aide to Mr. O’Rourke.
It is unclear whether or not Mr. O’Rourke’s exit may have a big impression on the bigger form of the Democratic main race. In a New York Times/Siena College ballot launched on Friday, Mr. O’Rourke was supported by simply 1 % of possible Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa. He had not but met the thresholds for collaborating in the upcoming main debates in November and December.
Mr. O’Rourke could discover — as different former candidates have executed — that the good will of his fellow Democrats returns rapidly as soon as he’s now not a competitor for the nomination. He is 47 years outdated, leaving him loads of time to think about a return to electoral politics. But in a latest interview with Politico, Mr. O’Rourke stated that if he didn’t prevail in the 2020 presidential main he wouldn’t develop into a candidate once more.
“I cannot fathom a scenario where I would run for public office again if I’m not the nominee,” Mr. O’Rourke stated final month.
Shane Goldmacher contributed reporting from New York and Matt Flegenheimer and Katie Glueck from Des Moines, Iowa.