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Beto Takes Lead Against Trump

With polls showing O'Rourke as the most electable candidate he makes his pitch to union members

Brian Young's picture
May 08, 2019

The 2020 election is heating up as we are just weeks from the first Democratic Debate. Candidates have been making the rounds in early primary states and have been speaking to interest groups like the IBEW, IAM, and SEIU.

These early events have given the candidates a chance to flesh out their policies. UCOMM previously reported that Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris used these events to announce their support for banning Right to Work.

On April 27th, Beto O’Rourke joined a number of other candidates in speaking to SEIU and the Center for American Progress at the National Forum on Wages and Working People in Las Vegas Nevada. At the event O’Rourke answered questions concerning raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, strengthening union and worker power, the Janus decision, apprenticeships, and the importance of providing a living wage. Watch his speech below.


While O’Rourke stills lags behind other Democrats in primary polls, the campaign got some good news when a CNN-SSRS poll found O’Rourke with support from 52 percent of registered voters, compared with Trump's 42 percent. Two percent of voters said they wouldn’t support either candidate, and 4 percent said they had no opinion. The 10% spread was the largest among all Democratic challengers. According to Real Clear Politics, which tracks national polls, this is the third poll since March that shows O’Rourke beating Trump. While O’Rourke still has work to do to convince Democratic primary voters and union activists that he is the right choice, it is clear that too many American voters, O’Rourke is the right choice to replace Trump.

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