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.


“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 ObamaTrump mocks Romney with video contrasting their presidential bids Trump is right to counter Iran's terror — combat vets have seen its effects Voter anger may spell the end for Trump and Biden 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.”

The Democrat lost his bid for incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump walks tightrope on gun control State Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first MORE's (R-Texas) seat in last week's midterm elections, finishing within 3 percentage points of the Republican senator. Since his loss, some have called for O'Rourke to mount a 2020 presidential campaign to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE.

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to hold on to their campaign signs in hopes of his possible 2020 presidential run and is selling stickers to change outdated Senate campaign signs from “Beto for Senate” to “Beto for 2020.”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 BidenJoe BidenTrump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine Seven Freshman Democrats pen op-ed urging Congress to impeach Trump if new allegations are true MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Family planning providers ask court to block Trump abortion rule | Warren under pressure over how to pay for 'Medicare for All' | Juul reportedly facing criminal probe Democratic candidates keep finding fresh ways to throw away our money Sanders contrasts his fashion with Trump's: 'Actually, it is Kohl's' 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 BookerPressure on Pelosi to impeach Trump grows DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate Biden extends lead over Warren, Sanders MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren leads primary field by 8 points in California poll Warren hasn't secured the lead, but polls show she's gaining momentum 2020 Democrats tout Thunberg UN speech: 'This is why we need young people leading the climate justice movement' MORE (Calif.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKrystal Ball: Democrats on track to nominate Warren, lose to Trump Entrepreneurs create most new jobs: Why aren't we talking about them? Biden extends lead over Warren, Sanders 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.