Beto O’Rourke has tweeted that he is out of the 2020 race – which he entered with a Vanity Fair cover and proclaiming: ‘Man, I’m just born to be in it.’
Trump mocked his departure from the Democratic primary field almost immediately saying: ”Born for this.’ I don’t think so!’
47-year-old’s campaign was running out of cash and at just 1 per cent in the polls.
18 candidates are now left in the Democratic field with well under four months until the first primary, New Hampshire, on February 11
O’Rourke had not qualified for the next two Democratic debates, one in Atlanta this month and one in December.
His staff said he had ‘no plans’ to run for the Senate in 2020.
O’Rourke also indicated his campaign was struggling to stay afloat financially. He only raised $4.5 million in the July, August and September.
‘Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,’ O’Rourke said in a lengthy farewell self-published on Medium.
‘My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.
‘Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country,’ he wrote in an email to supporters.
He vowed to support the eventual nominee and work to defeat Donald Trump next year.
‘We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever she or he is,’ he wrote.