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Beto-Mania? Dems From First Two 2020 States Invite O’Rourke to Visit

The young Texas representative and failed U.S. Senate candidate is winning invites from Democratic Party activists in key early 2020 states.

By NTK Staff | 11.30.2018 @10:00am
Beto-Mania? Dems From First Two 2020 States Invite O’Rourke to Visit

This month, the New Hampshire Young Democrats reached out to a key aide to Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), inviting the rising star and failed U.S. Senate candidate to “tour parts of the state and interact with voters,” CNBC reported.

New Hampshire is likely to hold the second contest of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, after the Iowa caucuses, and the large field of potential candidates will certainly spend a lot of time in the state in the next 14 months.

A spokesman for O’Rourke confirmed the invitation to CNBC:

The New Hampshire Young Democrats “extended an invitation via email. No further action has been taken at this time,” Chris Evans, a spokesman for the O’Rourke campaign confirmed to CNBC. Friedlander “was put on the email as the individual knew him from New Hampshire days, but Rob is not involved in working to set anything up,” he added.

This follows an invitation for O’Rourke to visit the Polk County Democratic Party in Des Moines, Iowa, The Dallas Morning News reported two weeks ago.

O’Rourke, the Texas congressman who fell just short of defeating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in this month’s U.S. Senate contest, has taken the Democratic Party by storm in a few short months and already has the potential to upend the momentum of other candidates.

Example? Almost as many Massachusetts Democrats picked O’Rourke (10 percent) as home-state Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA; 11 percent) in a measure of 2020 presidential primary candidates published by UMass Amherst this week.

Of course, momentum is a fickle thing in presidential primary contests; candidates can gain and lose it in mere weeks, days, or hours. The Iowa caucus is still 430 days away, and a lot will happen in the contest between now and then.

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