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 ButtigiegThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Trump hits Fox News after Buttigieg town hall: 'What is going on with Fox?' 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.


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 WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (D-Mass.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandO'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall Gillibrand 'very unhappy' with 'Game of Thrones' finale Gillibrand endorses DC statehood: Democracy doesn't mean 'for some of us' 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 SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE (I-Vt.) and possibly former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget The Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Trump: Foreign countries want Biden in office so they can continue 'ripping off' the US MORE, who is expected to announce his presidential bid next week.