Republican strategist predicts his 2020 Dem primary final four

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said he thinks the 2020 Democratic primary will come down to four candidates.

“I’m sure I’m going to take heat for this several months for now,” O’Connell told Hill.TV during an interview on “Rising" as he unveiled his Democratic final four.

“I think when it comes to the Democratic Primary you’re actually down to four people and that is the three B’s and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Kamala Harris dropped out, but let's keep her mental health plan alive MORE: Biden, Beto and Bernie,” he continued.

Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE (D-Texas) have all announced their 2020 bids. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Democrat representing Pennsylvania district Trump carried plans to vote to impeach  MORE has not jumped into the race officially but is telling supporters he will get in.

O’Rourke entered the race last week and is already sparking controversy after he said in a Vanity Fair interview that he was “just born to be in it.”

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Booker says he will not make December debate stage Yang: 2020 rivals in Senate should be able to campaign amid impeachment MORE (D-Minn.), another 2020 contender, referenced the line during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” while on the campaign trail in Iowa.

“I have a lot of respect for Beto and it’s great to have some Texas in this race,” Klobuchar told NBC host Chuck Todd. “I wasn’t born to run for office, but I am running.”

O’Connell told Hill.TV that O'Rourke nevertheless poses a "true threat" to some left-leaning candidates like Sanders.

"Clearly Bernie sees Beto as a true threat, they seem to be fighting over the same turf based on how I’m watching the opposition research within the Democratic Party," he said.

While O’Connell said the Texan shouldn’t be written off as a contender, he predicted that O'Rourke would instead likely be the running mate of the eventual nominee. 

“When someone raises $6 million in 24 hours, I can’t sneeze my nose at them,” the strategist said, referring to O’Rourke’s massive fundraising haul that came from more than 128,000 donors.

“I see Beto going off most likely being the VP nominee when you start looking at the age difference,” he added.

—Tess Bonn