Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who became nationally known in the 2018 midterm election and transferred that recognition into a presidential bid, has ended his 2020 campaign.
"Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully," the Democrat said in a letter posted to Twitter Friday. "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."
O'Rourke came into the spotlight when he challenged Republican Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in historically red Texas. O'Rourke, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019, lost the 2018 race against Cruz by 2.5 percentage points.