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Beto O’Rourke Hires Obama Delegate Chief As He Sinks In Polling

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

2020 Democratic candidate presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke hired former President Barack Obama’s delegate chief, the campaign announced Thursday.

“We’re excited that Jeff Berman has joined our team,” O’Rourke said. “His expertise and proven success in navigating the primary process will help us put people back at the center of our democracy as we ensure every voice is heard during the most consequential election of our lifetimes.”

Berman, who was also a delegate chief for Hillary Clinton in 2016, helped Obama win the presidential election in 2008 by organizing enough delegates in primaries across the country to win the Democratic nomination.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a meet and greet at Plymouth State College on March 20, 2019 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Berman’s hire “shows that we’re taking this seriously,” O’Rourke’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, said in a statement. “It shows that the campaign understands that the path to win here is a delegate strategy,” Buzzfeed reported. (RELATED: A Couple Dozen People Go To Beto Campaign Event)

The new hire comes as O’Rourke’s polling numbers have tanked. The Texas Democrat is now polling around 5 percent nationally, according to Politico.

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