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Beto O'Rourke drops out of presidential race

Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) speaks to media and supporters during a campaign relaunch on Aug. 15, 2019, in El Paso.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) speaks to media and supporters during a campaign relaunch on Aug. 15, 2019, in El Paso. (Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Beto O'Rourke has dropped out of the presidential race.

The former U.S. representative from El Paso made the announcement Friday on Twitter, with a longer explanation posted on the website Medium.com.

"My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee," O'Rourke wrote. "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, a Democrat who represented the 16th Congressional District, was once considered a front-runner in the race to become the party's presidential nominee.

Read O'Rourke's full thank-you letter to his supporters here.


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