House members running for president in 2020 face uphill battle, says analyst

Election analyst Kyle Kondik predicted on Friday that Democratic 2020 presidential campaigns will be particularly challenging for members of the House, such as Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Moulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage MORE (D-Ohio.).

"We've got a number of House members. House members very rarely do anything, really, in presidential races, but it just goes to show how wide open this field really is," Kondik, managing editor of the political website Sabato's Crystal Ball, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

Ryan, who once challenged Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Al Green calls for additional security for House members after Trump rally #IStandWithPresTrump trends in response to #IStandWithIlhan MORE (D-Calif.) for her leadership role, launched his 2020 bid on Thursday. 

The congressman has focused on manufacturing during his time in the House and could represent a potential threat to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE's strong Midwest support. 

However, Kondik said, name recognition could prove to be a hurdle for Ryan. 

"I guess I really don't see it," Kondik said. "I just mentioned that House members, they're usually not even that well-known in their own state, let alone nationally." 

"Ryan has made a little bit of more news in recent years, but that's for challenging Nancy Pelosi, and I don't necessarily know if that's a popular position anymore in the Democratic Party," he added. 

Ryan joins Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardBullock makes CNN debate stage Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Jack Dorsey maxes out donations to Tulsi Gabbard presidential bid MORE (D-Hawaii) and former Reps. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Bullock makes CNN debate stage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (D-Texas) and John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyMoulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage Sanders draws line as 2020 health care battle heats up MORE (D-Md.) as candidates with primarily House experience in a crowded 2020 field that also includes a number of governors and senators.

"It's just going to really hard for him or any of these other House members to get a lot of traction, I guess maybe other than Beto O'Rourke, who's now a former House member but has become a pretty prominent politician," Kondik said. 

— Julia Manchester