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Lots of people love Beto O’Rourke.
It’s been only a handful of hours since the first polls closed in last night’s midterms—but both Democrats and Republicans online are already chatting about the next major election: who will face President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race.
Trump will run against the winner of what is expected to be a wide open array of Democratic candidates. With the focus no longer on the midterms, all eyes are turning to who will first announce their intentions to take on the president.
Even Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, decided its time to start focusing on the next election.
Welcome to the #2020 election cycle.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 7, 2018
While a number of announcements from Democratic lawmakers are expected to happen in the coming months, it’s clear that many people online have one person they desperately want to run: Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso).
O’Rourke lost his bid to take Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Tx.) seat in the Senate, but the closeness of his race and his immense popularity have people dreaming about a matchup against Trump.
Beto 2020. Let’s do this.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) November 7, 2018
Ah shit Beto didn’t make it to the Senate. Oh well at least he’ll be president soon
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 7, 2018
Beto lost? That’s ok. Now he can run for President.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 7, 2018
2020 is just around the corner! pic.twitter.com/AM7a7Kle6g
— Lonnie L Coble (@llcoble34) November 7, 2018
Beto O'Rourke President of the United States 2020 has my vote, signed sealed delivered. pic.twitter.com/eE4PwU6rzL
— Neal Alpert (@crazyuncle3) November 7, 2018
But O’Rourke’s potential candidacy wasn’t the only 2020-related issue people were chatting about.
Some believe the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives and gaining several governor seats was a sign of things to come in the 2020 election.
Going to be very annoying but it's 3am so here's what happens if you take tonight's big statewide Dem wins in PA, MI, and WI and extrapolate them into 2020 (with FL and OH in Trump's column) pic.twitter.com/RHEHUHyUmY
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) November 7, 2018
We flipped the House.
We won a handful of Governors’ mansions.
We broke some (R) state trifectas & won some of our own.
We elected more women to Congress than ever before.
None of this was inevitable. We WORKED for this.
Remember this, because we can do even better in 2020.
— Nathan I Voted Rubin (@NathanHRubin) November 7, 2018
celebrate the wins, mourn the losses, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and let's get the fuck to work on 2020
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) November 7, 2018
The 2020 Senate map for the GOP is so ugly. pic.twitter.com/K2wmupFmvj
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) November 7, 2018
Headway made. 2020 starts tomorrow.
— Sam Riegel (@samriegel) November 7, 2018
Other people were clearly not ready for another hyper-focused election cycle.
Storing away my last bits of energy and sanity as everyone starts talking about 2020 pic.twitter.com/gPN9Zh4ZRX
— alanna kelsey claire bennett (@AlannaBennett) November 7, 2018
Like it or not, even two years away, 2020 is right around the corner.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).