The Democrat National Committee requires that candidates hit at least 3% support on four qualifying state or national polls, or 5% in two qualifying state polls. O’Rourke has not yet met that bar. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday showed that he was at only 1% nationally, with a Real Clear Politics average of 2%.
O’Rourke also faces questions about his fundraising. While his fellow candidates have boasted big fundraising numbers for the third quarter, O’Rourke has not. When asked why he hasn’t released the numbers, he replied, “I just don’t want to.”
O’Rourke’s sinking popularity might have something to do with his totalitarian gun confiscation vow (“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s”), his open borders platform, and his off-putting pandering to Latino voters by delivering bilingual responses in Democrat debates.