in the vicinityVideoVoters shift of support from other Dems to “Beto train’
CHARLESTON, S. C. — the start of his campaign with a swing through the early battleground states, the democratic presidential candidate Beto O announced’rourke met with constituents at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. March 20.
Speaking to an overflow audience of over 500 people, most of them were students, he discussed the fight against climate change, increase pay for teachers, the debate about gun control and reducing the indebtedness of students, sharing his personal experience with the growing load.
“I have no hope, do not deserve your vote, when I heard for the first time,” he said.
University of New Hampshire student Madeline Putman said it was exactly what she wanted to hear from a visiting presidential candidate.
“I was interested in, [Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders and [New York Sen.] Kirsten Gillibrand, because I’m from upstate New York, where she’s from, but after hearing their policy towards Beto is today, I think, he has my vote,” she told Fox News.
UNH student Wyleigh Chase said O’rourke, the age, 46, is a factor for you.
“He is young and refreshing…he is someone that I think I can relate to tell, just as much as my parents, and I think that’s really unique and something you will not find in a lot of political candidates,” she said. “So far, my support has been based for Beto.”
To change if you are asked whether you would like to attend, future, New Hampshire events from other Democratic candidates, said both Putman and Chase, it would convince a lot, your opinion.
It is a effect is repeated at campaign stops across the country —the former El Paso Congressman is pluck the supporters of his Democratic rivals, his movement.
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With a wild pace and relaxed style, O’rourke hit eight traditionally early voting States in its campaign the first 10 days.
Driving his own rented minivan to and from events, and speak English and Spanish, to crowds of hundreds, he has made a lasting impression on the voters, who had heard little of him prior to his visit to your state.
On March 14, after months of speculation, he announced, via video, that he take a leap into the crowded race to the incumbent President Donald Trump.
Less than two years before O’rourke was relatively unknown, developed a loyal fan base earned during his high-profile Senate against incumbent Republican Texas sen. Ted Cruz. After his closer-than-expected loss in November of 2018, coming within just two points to the victory, rumors began to circulate about a possible presidential run—the loss proves to be a catalyst to his candidacy for a position, which is far greater.
O’rourke showed that he could be the competition away, in deep-red Texas, peeling his label as an underdog to be a rising star in the Democratic party.
Since its announcement, the completed venues for his campaign, ranging from dive bars to the University of auditoriums, each standing-room only by the time he begins to speak. Most of the time, he perched on a stool, chair or bar at the top, so that all participants have a look at him.
Crowds chanting “Be-” as you wait for him to come and ask the flock to him for autographs, selfies and shaking hands, as soon as he wraps up.
“He is a very charismatic, engaging young man,” said Iona College political science professor Jeanne Zaino. “People really do…the feeling that he has this ability to transcend almost in an Obama-esque quality…these people feel he has what it takes to beat the incumbent President and for the country, should he be elected.”
His outsider-status, thousands of years of attractiveness and reputation as a moderate with crossover appeal for Republicans critical of President Trump have won him a new base of supporters, many of whom have already jumped ship to the “Beto on the bandwagon popping up.”
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“My loyalty has especially song with Bernie Sanders,” said the University of South Carolina student Dev Patel. “But to be honest, I must admit, a few of the views he holds, are too radical to really work with the political ecosystem, we have…like now, I’m definitely loyal to Beto.”
But he is not only attractive to former Sanders supporters.
“I was very much a fan of [California Sen.] Kamala Harris,” said South Carolina voters Dwayne Green. “It was Beto’s between her and Beto, and now I am a team.”
New Hampshire voters Courtney Tobe said, she identifies as a Republican to the 2016 election-and can be tightened to O’rourke, the message of unity.
The former Republican New Hampshire voters, Courtney Tobe said O’rourke, of the attracted to the message of the unification of the country, with her to the candidate.
“He doesn’t seem to do a lot of mud or…talking trash about the other candidates,” she said. “He is really focus just to try, as he is the country, and what we need. We need someone who we look up to and respect.”
But some voters are patient, keep on the lookout for other candidates to support.
“He has what it takes? He has my best interests at heart?”, South Carolina voters Jennifer Duggan asked. “That remains to be seen…there is still much to discover about all of the candidates…I’m just open, who is all there…”
O’rourke raised a record $6.1 million in online contributions during the first 24 hours of his grassroots campaign, outperformed Sanders, who raised more than $5.9 million in the first full day after launching its campaign. Harris, who declared her candidacy in January, raised $1.5 million in the 24 hours after its announcement, and Minnesota sen Amy Klobuchar raised more than $1 million within the first 48 hours.
Free a day’s work, O’rourke is determined to get ahead of the rest of its competitors, with 10 months left until the vote begins.
He is against more than a dozen Democratic rivals, including fellow Texan, Julian Castro, the former Obama administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development of San Antonio and Mayor streets.
With its announcement, the spotlight is increasingly on the former Vice-President Joe Biden, who is still technically undeclared, but has indicated to the race. An official April announcement is expected.
According to the latest Fox News poll, Biden is the top choice with 31 percent, followed by Sanders at 23 percent. O ‘ Rourke, three decades her junior, is making a second place with Harris. They are followed by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Massachusetts sen. Elizabeth Warren, each with four percent. The other candidates received less than 2 percent of the vote.
But to increase its popularity seems to be. A Quinnipiac University national poll released this week ranking O’rourke third at 12 percent among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.
O’rourke’s willingness to ask, the has shown from both the participants and the media at each of its events, the country what he stands for, as well as what he lacks as a candidate.
His lectures touch on a variety of hot-button issues like climate change, gun ownership, the criminal justice system and health care reform, student debt and the brutality of the police against African-American men, among other things.
But critics argue that his work-in-progress-platform, not specific policy proposals in comparison to its competitors, which were able to detail step-by-step strategies for change at this point in their campaigns, what is most evident in the post-speech Q&A sessions with the participants and the conversations with the media, in which O’rourke to ask on his views about the late-term abortion, and whether his campaign money from the fossil fuel industry.
“Beto is going to have to have an answer to the lack of experience of the question…he is, was his political positions in a more coordinated way,” said Zaino. “He has been quite vague…too many questions, the deal with Democrats.”
But, Antjuan Seawright, CEO and founder of Blueprint strategy, a political consulting firm, says O’rourke was able to use that leverage to his advantage.
“…The more miles you have on your political engine, the harder it is for your car, traveling on the road…so I think that is actually a strength… that said he does not have the experience some others in the race,” he said.
O’rourke will officially kick-off his campaign on Saturday with the visit of three Texas cities, starting in his home town of El Paso. Campaign volunteers, more than 1,000 watch parties have been organized all over the country for the announcement.