The Beto O’Clock is ticking, and the end of the month is just days away.
At the beginning of February, Former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke told Oprah in a televised interview that he’ll decide whether to enter the 2020 presidential race “by the end of this month.”
And the oddsmakers certainly like his chances at winning the 2020 presidential election, placing him in either the 3rd or 4th spot and giving him the best odds out of all the top candidates that have yet to announce — even beating out former Vice President Joe Biden, who also hasn’t decided on a 2020 run.
Beto O’Rourke – Odds to Win 2020 Presidential Election
- Bovada +800
- BetOnline +900
Now, with only a couple days remaining, O’Rourke hasn’t given any hints on what his decision will be. Even another run at the Senate is on the table since he could take a safer bet and challenge Republican John Cornyn for his seat next year. Ted Cruz defeated O’Rourke by a slim margin when his Senate seat in Texas was up for grabs during the 2018 midterms.
“I’m trying to figure out how I can best serve this country, where I can do the greatest good for the United States of America,” O’Rourke said when asked if running for the other Senate seat was a possibility. “So, yeah, I’m thinking through that and it, you know, may involve running for the presidency. It may involve something else.”
But O’Rourke stated that he doesn’t want to be held to the “end of the month” deadline set by himself but said he still expects to make a decision by the end of February as recent as last week.
“I won’t be limited by, you know, the end of this month,” O’Rourke said. “But I expect to be able to get to a decision by the end of this month.”
And according to CNN, he told reporters in Spanish that “he is not taking the Democratic vice presidential nomination off the table.”
O’Rourke has certainly made it a point to publicly challenge President Donald Trump recently — especially on his U.S.-Mexico border wall — and even organized a rally much larger than the president’s when he came to El Paso to have his own rally prior to declaring the national emergency to secure funds to construct a border wall.
Whether O’Rourke announces that he’ll enter the enormous field of Democrats vying for the party’s 2020 nomination by the end of February is not particularly make or break for his presidential odds.
However, when you consider the millions of dollars being raised for the campaigns of his competition — including Bernie Sanders raising $10 million in just one week — one has to think that the odds of him winning the White House in 2020 go down if he doesn’t decide by the end of February and as each second passes on the Beto O’Clock.