Resurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president'
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Before he was a presidential hopeful, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Overnight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum MORE (D) was considered a favorable candidate by his high school classmates.

A St. Joseph High School yearbook uncovered by ABC News on Saturday reveals that Buttigieg was voted in 2000 “most likely to become president.” 

Buttigieg, then a senior in high school, was also voted "most likely to succeed" and went on to become his class valedictorian.

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The news comes as Buttigieg, a virtually unknown candidate just two months ago, continues to rise in the polls and rake in strong fundraising hauls, surpassing more well-established politicians like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Energy: Trump officials formally revoke California emissions waiver | EPA's Wheeler dodges questions about targeting San Francisco over homelessness | 2020 Dems duke it out at second climate forum Two former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Strippers, 'Hustlers' and the Democratic debates MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTwo years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' MORE (D-N.Y.).

The Indiana Democrat, a millennial, openly gay Afghanistan War veteran and a former Rhodes Scholar, has cast himself as Trump’s opposite in a crowded primary already fielding more than 15 candidates.

Buttigieg has maintained high popularity in South Bend, where he was reelected in 2015 with over 80 percent of the vote. He went on to earn rave reviews with his CNN town hall performance last month and has caught the eye of many in Obama World.

He still faces an uphill battle for the Democratic presidential nomination as he goes up against well-known juggernauts like Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Krystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all MORE (I-Vt.) and possibly former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report MORE, who is expected to announce his presidential bid next week.