A major Democratic fundraising bundler says party donors are holding off on contributions to any potential presidential contenders until rising star Beto O’Rourke decides whether he is running in 2020.
“They’re not wanting to sign on to other presidential campaigns until they know whether Beto is going,” Mikal Watts told Politico. “And if Beto is running, what good progressive Democrat wouldn’t want to work for Beto O’Rourke?”
O’Rourke, a three-term congressman from Texas, lost his Senate campaign to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 3 points earlier this month. The race was surprisingly heated and tight for deep-red Texas. He told TMZ on Friday that he has not made any decisions yet about running.
The Texas Democrat’s campaign mobilized and excited voters across the country as millions tuned in to his social media-driven run. O’Rourke ultimately raised more than $70 million for his campaign, boasting an eye-popping $38 million haul in the third quarter.
“All the guy would have to do is send out an email to his fundraising base … and he raises $30 million,” a West Coast bundler told Politico. “It completely changes the game if Beto runs. And he should run … He’s Barack Obama, but white.”- READ MORE