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US election 2020: Democrat Beto O'Rourke ends White House bid


US Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke has announced he is ending his campaign.
"In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee."
Mr O'Rourke, 47, ran for president in March after losing his 2018 bid to oust Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
In that Senate race, he did better than any Democrat had in Texas for decades, running a campaign that invigorated the party nationwide and drew comparisons with former President Barack Obama.
His passionate delivery along with his good looks and background as a skateboarder and a punk rocker endeared him to liberals across the country.
But Mr O'Rourke struggled to carry that energy into a White House race crowded with more than 20 Democratic candidates.
On Friday he said his campaign did not have "the means to move forward successfully".

What did Mr O'Rourke say?

Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Mr O'Rourke thanked his supporters, many of whom were clearly disappointed.
"How proud I am to be with you," he said.

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