O’Rourke rockets to second place on CNN analysts' 2020 Dem rankings, Harris remains first

Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeRepublican strategist predicts his 2020 Dem primary final four The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Kamala Harris: Voters want president who can prosecute 'the case' against Trump MORE (D-Texas) on Thursday jumped to second place in rankings of prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates created by two CNN analysts.

CNN's Chris Cillizza and Harry Enten placed O'Rourke second on their monthly "power rankings" of potential Democratic candidates, ahead of former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenPollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 Republican strategist predicts his 2020 Dem primary final four The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses RNC says it raised .6 million in February Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Citizens lose when partisans play politics with the federal judiciary Booker opens up about relationship with Rosario Dawson MORE (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 Big Tech is not the enemy, Sen. Warren MORE (D-Mass.).

"O'Rourke has that thing that every candidate — Democrat or Republican — wants: organic energy," the two analysts wrote. "He generates excitement everywhere he goes — and is being urged to run by activists from all over the Democratic base.

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"He's the flavor of the moment, no question," they continued. "But can he turn that initial excitement into a full-fledged campaign and sustain momentum over the next year-plus?"

O'Rourke ranks second behind only Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJ.J. Abrams, Shonda Rhimes to host Kamala Harris fundraiser Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 MORE (D-Calif.). He was tenth on last month's rankings.

Each of the candidates on the list has indicated they are weighing a presidential run, but none has formally announced whether they plan to launch a bid.

O'Rourke gained national attention after he ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke raised .1 million from over 128,000 donors on campaign's first day O'Rourke on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'We don't have the best negotiating partners on either side' O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020 MORE (R-Texas). He has met with a number of prominent Democrats in recent weeks, including former President Obama and Rev. Al Sharpton.

O'Rourke previously said he was not interested in a White House run in 2020, but has since revised his position to note that he would not rule anything out.

The Texas congressman was listed near the top of a poll earlier this month of potential 2020 Democratic candidates, along with Biden and Sanders.