O'Rourke receives invite to visit Iowa from Democratic Party in Des Moines
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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) has reportedly received an invitation to visit the Polk County Democratic Party in Des Moines, Iowa — the state that hosts the first presidential nominating contest of 2020.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Democratic Party in Des Moines, which is home to one-third of the state’s Democratic voters, extended the invitation to O’Rourke on Monday.

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“We would love to host him,” Sean Bagniewski, the chairman of the Polk County Democratic Party, told the publication. “He was unapologetically progressive. He’s a young face. He wasn’t afraid to be himself. Democrats are often very poll-tested, very consultant-driven. He was more authentic in a way that people haven’t seen since Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMake Trump own the shutdown over his ill-advised border wall Missing: Fiscal sanity in Washington Overnight Energy: Oil giant supports carbon tax push | Poll finds majorities in both parties back Green New Deal | NJ moves to rejoin regional climate pact MORE, so he connected with people nationwide in ways that some of our more cautious political leaders haven’t.”

O'Rourke has not responded to the invitation, according to the publication.

“It’s real. In Iowa, everybody knows the next person that they want to meet, and by far he is the No. 1 person that’s being requested right now — volunteers, elected officials, our membership base,” Bagniewski continued. “Everybody right now is asking for Beto.”

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The Travis County Democratic Party encouraged supporters of O’Rourke to hold on to their campaign signs in hopes of his possible 2020 presidential run and is selling stickers to change outdated Senate campaign signs from “Beto for Senate” to “Beto for 2020.”

A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Monday found that O’Rourke came in third among Democratic voters nationwide on their list of desired 2020 presidential candidates. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Group launches campaign to 'Draft Beto' for 2020 White House bid Kamala Harris top 2020 choice in poll of women of color MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Dem pollster says it's 'misstated wisdom' to assume competitive primaries damage presidential nominees Group launches campaign to 'Draft Beto' for 2020 White House bid MORE (I-Vt.) were came in ahead of O'Rourke among respondents.

A number of other Democrats have raised speculation of a possible 2020 bid against Trump, some of whom have visited Iowa in recent months. Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Klobuchar moves up in Iowa poll of 2020 Dems Harris announces support for White House-backed criminal justice bill MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDem pollster says it's 'misstated wisdom' to assume competitive primaries damage presidential nominees Kamala Harris top 2020 choice in poll of women of color Warren unveils bill to lower drug prices by letting government manufacture them MORE (Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Warren unveils bill to lower drug prices by letting government manufacture them Klobuchar moves up in Iowa poll of 2020 Dems MORE (Minn.) have so far made appearances in the state in recent weeks. 

The Hill has reached out to O'Rourke's campaign for comment.