Beto O’Rourke 2020 presidential buzz grows as his team talks to President Barack Obama operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. This comes after he narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the Texas senate race. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is also urging O’Rourke to run for president.

O’Rourke’s team has been talking to senior campaign operatives who worked on President Obama’s campaign in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire, which are two of the earliest races in the presidential primary season, CNBC reports.

President Obama also met with O’Rourke in Washington D.C. recently. He also met with Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, who is reportedly mulling a presidential run. He narrowly lost to Ron DeSantis in the Florida governor’s race.

O’Rourke is gaining momentum as some presidential hopefuls are losing steam.¬†Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Michael Avenatti (a longshot) announced they would not run for higher office. Sen. Elizabeth Warren may have done harm to her presidential aspirations with the DNA test to prove she has Native American Indian blood. The test was not scientific and was more of a win for Donald Trump, who has repeatedly mocked her Native American Indian heritage as fake news.