US Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke has announced he is ending his campaign.
The former Texas congressman tweeted: "Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively.
"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 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.
As the initial buzz over his campaign began to subside, Mr O'Rourke, 47, tried to reboot his candidacy. He began to focus on gun control after a mass shooting in August in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. He vowed to remove assault-style weapons from private ownership, saying in one televised debate: "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15's."
In a blog post announcing the end of his presidency, Mr O'Rouke said: "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."
He also took a parting shot at President Donald Trump. "We confronted institutional, systemic racism and called out Donald Trump for his white supremacy and the violence that he's encouraged against communities that don't look like, pray like or love like the majority in this country," his statement said.
Who is Beto O'Rourke?
Mr O'Rourke represented Texas' 16th congressional district for three terms before running unsuccessfully last year for the US Senate. He travelled to all of Texas' 254 counties during his Senate campaign, documenting his journey on social media, and broke Senate fundraising records by amassing more than $80m.
He lives with his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders and three children in El Paso. He has an estimated net worth of nearly $9m (£6.7m). His first name is actually Robert, but he is known bRead More – Source