EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — After Tuesday’s night Democratic debate the poll numbers show El Pasoan Beto O’Rourke is falling in the lower tier of the Democratic presidential race.
El Pasoans say they are watching his performance closely.
O’Rourke polled around 3 percent according to the Rasmussen poll.
“Although he has been polling low, he has been on that stage,” said Dr. Amber Arculeta-Lucero, the EPCC assistant governor professor.
O’Rourke talked in the last two debates about gun reform following El Paso’s shooting.
O’Rourke’s campaign sent out an email Wednesday saying he has not qualified for November’s debate.
Lucero said the hard press on gun reform and visibility has done both good and bad for him, but it’s going to take more to stay alive.
“He’s going to have to bump those numbers in the polls, and what does that take? That takes a lot of effort on his part, just in terms of traveling and talking to people,” Lucero said.
Voters said some positions he's taken are too extreme.
“I’m not necessarily surprised that the polls have gone down, in light of his gun restriction laws that’s he’s trying to pass,” said a voter who did not want to be identified.
“He is a wonderful politician, but I think that if you give him more time to develop and solid ideas, he’d be able to move forward,” said another voter who did not want to be identified.
O’Rourke has been adamant he is going to fight for the nomination, but Lucero said even with maximum efforts, his future is unsure.
“Will that translate into something miraculous happening into the next month or so?” Lucero asked.
O’Rourke said he is going to hold a counter rally in Dallas on Thursday while President Trump has his reelection campaign rally, also in Dallas.
The next Democratic debate is Nov. 20.