Here's Who Is Still In The Democratic Race After Beto O'Rourke Ends Campaign

Beto O'Rourke announced Friday afternoon that he has officially dropped out of contention for the 2020 Democratic Presidential race. His departure slims down the field that was once so crowded the party needed two nights for debates.

That begs the question of who is still remaining in the Democratic race with primary races beginning in a few months and the general election one year and three days away.

As of Nov. 1, 2019, here are the prominent candidates (in alphabetical order) still trying to win the nomination and challenge President Donald Trump in 2020:

  • Former VP Joe Biden
  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttiegieg
  • Julian Castro
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
  • Sen. Kamala Harris
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
  • Andrew Yang

Time is winding down for Democrats to whittle the list of candidates before the state primaries begin. There will be four primaries in February, and they are:

  • February 3—Iowa caucuses
  • February 11—New Hampshire primary
  • February 22—Nevada Democratic caucuses
  • February 29—South carolina Democratic Primary

Super Tuesday will be March 3, with California, Massachusetts, Texas and nine other states holding their primary races that day.

The General Election will be November 3 to decide the next president and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives.

The next Democratic debate will be November 20, and there will be another on December 19.

O'Rourke, a former Democratic House member who represented El Paso, Texas, showed promise as a potential presidential candidate in 2018 when he ran for the Senate against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. The race was close, with Cruz winning 51 percent of the vote that night in Texas.

However, O'Rourke impressed a national audience in his tight race against Cruz, who was popular enough in 2016 that he won the Texas primary over then candidate-Trump.

O'Rourke announced on March 14 this year that he would run for president, and he was a staunch supporter of stronger gun control, and became an even stronger voice after the shooting massacre at an El Paso Walmart late in the summer.

Beto O'Rourke
A Beto supporter waits inside the Verizon Theatre where Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) will speak at a campaign rally on October 17, 2019 in Grand Prairie, Texas. O'Rourkes Rally Against Fear is being held to counter President Trump's campaign rally in Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

On Friday afternoon through a series of tweets, O'Rourke said he was bowing out of the race, but still supporting his party.

"I am grateful to all the people who made up the heart and soul of this campaign. You were among the hundreds of thousands who made a donation, signed up to volunteer or spread the word about this campaign and our opportunity to help decide the election of our lifetime," O'Rourke wrote.

"Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively.

In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."

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