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Who has the best chance of winning the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination?

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

For the first time in the history of U.S. presidential politics, an El Pasoan is among the top contenders.

Because of his closer than expected loss to Texas' incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, the online gambling website, BetDSI, now ranks El Paso's Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke as having the best chance to win his party's presidential nomination in 2020, with odds of 5 to 1. The next best odds go to California Sen. Kamala Harris at 5.5 to 1, while bookmakers give Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren 8 to 1 odds of winning her party's presidential nomination.

Rounding out the top five contenders are former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who both have 10 to 1 odds of winning the Democratic nomination.

Meanwhile, a Politico/Morning Consult presidential primary poll last week put O'Rourke in third place among Democratic voters, behind Biden and Sanders.

Political analysts say O'Rourke's now benefiting from a better than expected finish in the Texas Senate race, losing to Cruz by less than 3 percent in the nation's largest red state, and performing better than any other Democrat has in a Texas statewide race this century.

They also say Rep. O'Rourke has created more excitement among Democrats than any candidate since Barack Obama.

During his Senate campaign, O'Rourke said he wouldn't run for president in 2020. But he's been more noncommittal since the election, telling TMZ last Friday, "I haven't made any decisions about anything."

Of course, there's more than a year between now and 2020 and a lot will change, but you can expect candidates to start lining up for the presidential race early next year.

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