With the 2018 midterm elections over, many people in both politics and the media are looking towards the 2020 elections. And it appears one popular candidate from last month's elections may be running for the White House in two years.
Beto O'Rourke met with Reverend Al Sharpton on Friday in a move that many people believe indicates he will run for president in 2020. Sharpton is a major influencer in Democratic politics, and his annual convention of the National Action Network is often seen as a major platform for members of the party to establish themselves. So many believe O'Rourke's meeting with Sharpton indicates that the Texas politician is gauging whether he would earn the reverend's support in the Democratic primaries.
Last month O'Rourke challenged Ted Cruz's Senate seat in Texas. And while he lost, the margin was only 2.6 percent, which is very impressive considering how conservative and pro-Republican Texas is.
While O'Rourke initially claimed he would not run for office in 2020, many signs point that he will. In addition to the Sharpton meeting, O'Rourke also met with former President Barack Obama a few weeks ago and many people are reporting that the Texas politician is attempting to make connections with former Obama advisors and staff members.
Of course, if O'Rourke runs there's no guarantee he'd get the nomination. Democrats have no limit on possible 2020 candidates including Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and a handful of other candidates who would have a realistic shot of getting the nomination.
The argument for O'Rourke seems to boil down to he seems to exhibit many of the same positive traits that Barack Obama showed when he ran for president in 2008: Relatively young, charismatic and some experience in national politics but not enough that he's seen as a Washington insider.
So get ready for two more years of speculation about who will become the next president.