His poll numbers were dragging below 5% and he was struggling to reach the thresholds required to get on the debate stage this month. He started out strong, with a $6.1 million haul in the first 24 hours of his campaign, but he quickly sputtered. Within a few months, pundits were already predicting the demise of the campaign. Now that he has dropped out of the race, what does this mean for those still in the running?
First, his supporters have to go somewhere. Granted, there were not a lot of nationwide supporters left when he dropped out, but Beto had a following in particular demographics. Notably, young white moderates and southern voters (mostly Texans). All of the current candidates will be trying to reach out to these demographics in the next week or two as a way of trying to get Beto's base onboard.
Beto probably ran the most notable campaign at the bottom of the polls. His departure should shake the rest of the campaigns on the lower tier. Many of these campaigns are likely to take a cue from Beto and collapse in the next month or so. With O'Rourke out of the picture, many lesser campaigns will have to take stock and decide if moving forward is worth the time and resources.
Our prediction is that a few more candidates will bow out by the end of the year.