California's Swalwell Not Ruling Out 2020 Presidential Run

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August 16, 2018

California Representative Eric Swalwell wouldn't rule out a presidential run in 2020.

A report from Politico noted Swalwell had been asked about several trips he'd made to Iowa in recent weeks:

"I'm laying the groundwork right now to win three congressional seats in Iowa … I'm going to make that decision after the midterms." But he adds: "I have a full term coming, my wife's due on December 4,'' so any decision will come after.

At age 37, he'd be one of the younger entrants in the field.

Bookmakers in Vegas currently aren't running any odds on Swalwell, but two other California candidates are listed. Senator Kamala Harris is ranked first on the odds maker's boards, generally giving odds between 4/1 and 6/1. Fellow Californian and gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is placed at 7/1 or 8/1, according to Newsom is currently the lieutenant governor, and is expected to easily win his contest in November. Currently, the website is listing odds on 44 different potential candidates.

As the Washington Free Beacon reported in July, Rep. Adam Schiff's (D., Calif.) leadership PAC appears to be on pace to spend more in the 2018 cycle than it did in the previous six cycles combined.

Schiff has used his elevated profile to harvest more fundraising dollars, and according to campaign finance data compiled in the last reporting period by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), Schiff was passing along most of that to other Democratic house candidates, most of whom were in the most competitive districts nationwide.

By comparison, CRP data from Swalwell's leadership PAC showed only $17,500 in donations to other candidates so far this cycle.