Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, on Monday was invited by the Polk County Democratic Celebration in Des Moines to go to the state – fueling hypothesis that the El Paso Democrat is probably weighing a 2020 presidential run after narrowly dropping his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz final week, The Dallas Morning Information reported.
O’Rourke hasn’t but responded to the invitation, the report stated.
A Morning Seek the advice of ballot launched Monday indicated O’Rourke ranks solely behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as a doable Democratic candidate for president.
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Andrew E. Smith, the College of New Hampshire Survey Middle, stated it was nonetheless too early to put money into a O’Rourke candidacy.
“It’s in all probability only a reflection of the media consideration he’s gotten the final month or so,” Smith stated.
O’Rourke has been coy on a presidential run. On Sunday he despatched an electronic mail to supporters saying he needs “to be a part of one of the best ways ahead for this nation – no matter means I may help in no matter kind that takes.”
Sean Bagniewski, the chairman of the Polk County Democrats, stated the group would like to host O’Rourke.
“He was unapologetically progressive. He’s a younger face. He wasn’t afraid to be himself. Democrats are sometimes very ballot examined, very consultant-driven,” he stated. “He was extra genuine in a means that individuals haven’t seen since Barack Obama, so he related with individuals nationwide in ways in which a few of our extra cautious leaders haven’t.”
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Bret Niles, the Democratic chair in Linn County, Iowa, stated Iowa Democrats had been rooting for O’Rourke to take down Cruz.
“Lots of people in Iowa would sit up for assembly him,” Niles stated. “Most individuals are on the lookout for a progressive. If he got here out he may very well be a contender, but it surely is determined by who else runs.”