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  1. The 2020 primaries are a year away, but it's never too early to take a look ahead. The Democrats have a lot of choices, some better than others. With that said, I'd like to make a series of this, where I give my prediction of how I think a given matchup would go. Keep in mind that unless otherwise noted, the vice president on the ticket is a generic Democrat, and the Republican ticket will always be Trump/Pence, again, unless otherwise noted. The candidate: Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) Profile: O'Rourke is a three term congressman from El Paso coming off a narrow loss in the 2018 Texas senate race. He has received national acclaim for his campaign, which emphasized his youthful, energetic personality and a message of hope and change that drew comparisons to Democrats such as John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Barack Obama. Potential roadblocks could include his relative lack of high level experience and no signature policy as of yet to run on. My take: O'Rourke is a liberal with southern appeal, that in my opinion makes him a very good candidate despite his flaws due to his ability to motivate the base and get out the vote. He can compete in states that not all Democrats can, such as Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. If the Democrats are looking for someone who could reconcile the moderate and progressive wings of the party as well as pull in crossover voters, O'Rourke just might be the way to go. My electoral map: http://www.270towin.com/presidential_map_new/maps/JWOey.png
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