Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) has dropped out of the presidential race. “This campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.” He pledged support for the eventual Democratic nominee.

Beto O'Rourke


O’Rourke was on the brink of not qualifying for the next Democratic debate, which will be held November 20. Qualifiers must have at least 600 individual donors each from at least 20 states – O’Rourke has met that threshold. – and get at least 3% of the vote in four sponsored national polls, or at least 5% in two early-state polls by November 13. O’Rourke was at 3% in just two.

O’Rourke said he has no plans to seek another elective office.

Meanwhile, former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who has not crossed met that 3% threshold in any qualifying poll, reached his goal of raising $800K raised by October 31 to remain in the race. He tweeted that he raised more than $1M during the month.

Early voting has ended for the November 5 constitutional amendment, general and special elections. Through yesterday (October 31), turnout was just south of 4% statewide. Through yesterday, turnout in HD28 was approximately 8.5% and turnout in HD148 was approximately 7.7%. Turnout across Harris Co. was just over 5%, while turnout in all of Dallas Co. was 2.3%.

HD25 open: Brazoria Co. Tax Assessor-Collector Ro’Vin Garrett announced she would run for the seat being vacated by Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) as a Republican. Garrett was first elected to her post in 2000 and has been re-elected four times.

CD22 open: Stafford chemical engineer Dan Mathews established a campaign committee for a potential run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) as a Republican.

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