Gillum reached out to O’Rourke amid 2020 speculation: report

Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who ran for Florida governor this year, recently reached out to Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeNew Hampshire is ‘must-win’ state for Warren, says veteran political reporter Democratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 Julián Castro announces 2020 White House bid, swipes at Trump MORE (D-Texas) amid speculation that O'Rourke will run for president in 2020, according to NBC News.

Gillum and O'Rourke spoke on the phone and discussed their desire for someone who is “young and unapologetically progressive” to lead the Democrats, NBC News reported, citing two anonymous sources.


Gillum initiated the phone call, which was the first time that O'Rourke and Gillum had ever spoken, according to NBC News.

The two Democrats emerged as stars on the campaign trail this year, but both fell short in their respective races. O'Rourke was defeated by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Republicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation MORE (R-Texas) in his bid for the Senate, and Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida governor announces sheriff's suspension over Parkland shooting DeSantis asks entire South Florida water management board to resign Rick Scott threw party at Florida governor’s mansion after DeSantis and family had moved in: report MORE edged out Gillum in Florida's gubernatorial race.

O'Rourke is viewed as a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He initially said he didn't plan to run for president, but has recently left the door open to the possibility.

In addition to speaking with Gillum, O'Rourke has also met recently with Democratic activist Rev. Al Sharpton and former President Obama. 

The congressman finished near the top of a poll earlier this month of possible 2020 Democratic candidates, trailing only former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).