How small was it? Beto is the butt of all jokes after pathetic Vegas rally: ‘I’ve seen book clubs bigger’

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A Las Vegas campaign event has many wondering if Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke may have lost momentum.

The former Texas congressman, who raised over $6 million in the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign, was barely able to fill a room at a Las Vegas event on Friday.

Bloomberg reporter Emma Kinery noted only about 35 people in attendance at O’Rourke’s campaign event at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

She also pointed out that the candidate was speaking without a microphone.

The event was publicized ahead of time and the campaign must have expected more of a turnout.

Friday’s event was originally scheduled to be held at a different location.

And while the school is apparently normally a “ghost town” on Friday, the small turnout for the highly popular Democrat was rather “telling.”

The former congressman, who lost his bid to unseat Texas Republican Ted Cruz in the midterm elections, has seen a decline in his popularity in recent weeks as the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls has swelled. The shift has come despite O’Rourke’s initial explosive campaign kickoff, surpassing all of his rivals in fundraising until former Vice President Joe Biden raised $6.3 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his candidacy on Thursday.

The last few weeks have also seen the mentions of O’Rourke’s name wane in the media where, in the week of March 31-April 6, the Democrat was referred to a total of 300 times on on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, according to FiveThirtyEight. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the week with the most mentions on cable news networks, about twice as often as any other Democratic presidential candidate.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg seemed to steal some of O’Rourke’s thunder as the 37-year-old Democratic presidential candidate suddenly became what Fox News host Laura Ingraham called “the new progressive ‘It’ boy.”

Twitter users questioned the future of O’Rourke’s campaign after the embarrassing turnout in Las Vegas on Friday.

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Frieda Powers


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