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Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 Presidential Odds Listed at +1000 After He Announces His Bid

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Beto O'Rourke rolls up his sleeves to campaign in Austin. Photo by Crockodile (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License].
  • Beto O’Rourke officially declared his candidancy for the Democratic Presidential nomination on Thursday
  • O’Rourke is the 15th person to enter the Democratic race
  • His odds of winning are currently at +1000 at Bovada

With a name like Beto O’Rourke, it’s hard not to have instant name recognition. The three-term member of the House of Representatives for Texas is hoping that his name will go a long way.

Thursday, O’Rourke entered the race for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination. He’s the 15th person to officially declare his candidacy. You can see the changing odds for all Presidential candidates – and potential candidates – on our 2020 US Presidential Election Odds Tracker.

Now that he’s in for sure, Bovada has set O’Rourke’s official opening odds of winning the Presidency at +1000.

2020 Presidential Election Odds

Who Will Win 2020 Presidential Election? Odds at Bovada
Donald Trump +230
Bernie Sanders +600
Kamala Harris +600
Joe Biden +700
Beto O’Rourke +1000
Andrew Yang +2000
Amy Klobuchar +2500
Elizabeth Warren +2500
Sherrod Brown +2800
Kristen Gillibrand +3300
Mike Pence +3300

*Odds taken 03/14/19. Follow the link in the table above for a complete list of all candidates.

O’Rourke gained national attention during the 2018 midterm elections. He narrowly lost in the Texas Senate race to Republican and 2016 Presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Beto Isn’t Barack

People were quick to equate O’Rourke’s sudden rise to prominence to that of another young, experienced Democrat. Someone who rapidly rose up the ranks to topple the Republicans. We’re talking, of course, about two-term President Barack Obama.

In some ways, the comparison can be made. Both display a knack for campaign fundraising. O’Rourke raised an astonishing $80 million to support his failed Senate bid in Texas. That was more than double of any other candidate in any 2018 race.

He connects with young voters. He polled nearly 20 points better than Cruz among voters under 45. As well, first-time voters seem to gravitate toward him.

Here’s where the Beto-Barack parallel paths deviate. Obama was strong in the polls from the outset, starting out second in the 2008 Democratic race behind Hillary Clinton.

O’Rourke currently sits fifth in the polls among Democratic contenders. As he hedged on whether to run for President, those numbers took a further nose dive.

He even trails Obama’s vice-president Joe Biden, who’s yet to declare his candidacy.

Trump Talks Trash

President Donald Trump wasted little time trashing O’Rourke. He mocked Beto for what Trump called his crazy arm movements shortly after O’Rourke announced his candidacy.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee wasn’t laughing, though. He was quick to caution Trump and the Republican leadership not to take Beto lightly.

Huckabee pointed out that O’Rourke is charismatic, good-looking, has a catchy name and is articulate.

Can Beto Win?

Absolutely. He may not have the political experience of a Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, or Al Gore, but he possesses a characteristic all of them lack: an ability to connect with people. If you don’t think that matters, look at who’s in the White House.

On top of that, he almost won Texas, as Republican a state as you’ll find on the map.

Bet Beto, and bet him now, while you can still hit a big payday.

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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.