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Could Mark Cuban or Beto O’Rourke take the White House from Donald Trump in 2020?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Beto O’Rourke and President Donald Trump are pictured together in this composite photo.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Beto O’Rourke and President Donald Trump are pictured together in this composite photo. Star-Telegram archives

President Donald Trump is likely to face plenty of opposition when he runs for re-election in 2020.

The Democratic primary will have an especially crowded field, which could include Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, former vice president Joe Biden, California senator Kamala Harris and New Jersey governor Corey Booker, among others, to see who will be the party’s nominee.

But could two prominent Texans also throw their name in the ring?

In their most recent odds to win the 2020 presidential election, BETDSI.com lists Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke at +3000 to win the White House in two years. The site also lists Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban at +5000 odds to capture the oval office, right behind O’Rourke.

President Trump had the best odds to keep his office at +150. Vice President Mike Pence had the next-highest odds of a Republican candidate at +1600.

Seven democratic candidates fell behind Trump, including Harris (+800), Warren (+1000), Biden (+1200), Sanders (+1200), Booker (+2500) and New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand (+2500).

Former First Lady Michelle Obama also appeared near the top of the list with +2000 odds.

In order to take that step, O’Rourke would almost certainly need to defeat incumbent Republican Ted Cruz for one of the Texas’ senate seats in November.

Most polls show that O’Rourke is closing the gap. However, even though this is Cruz’s first re-election campaign, conservatives across Texas traditionally produce a strong turnout for Republicans.

After Trump’s surprising election win in 2016, the speculation surrounding a potential Cuban run only increased.

Recently, Chris Sheridan of GetMoreSports.com got the Mavericks’ owner thoughts about the changes coming to sports gambling landscape. Back in May, the United States Supreme Court agreed to allow the state of New Jersey’s bid for sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, thus, ending Nevada’s run as the only exempt state.

However, Cuban “declined to answer a direct question from GetMoreSports.com about whether or not he will run for the office now held by Donald Trump.“

Cuban also faces two unknowns. First, it is unclear if he would run as a Democrat, a Republican or as a third-party candidate.

Second, it’s unclear how the fallout from his franchise’s recent scandal could impact a political run.

This past February, Sports Illustrated published a large expose detailing a decade-plus-long culture of sexual misconduct, with one employee describing the office environment as the film “Animal House.”

While Cuban has denied knowing about the vast majority of incidents, he has repeatedly apologized in the past several months and acknowledged he should have been more aware of what was going on within his organization.

The team and the NBA conducted separate investigations into a long list of incidents, both alleged and known.

Earlier this month, the league office announced that Cuban was fined the max $2.5 million, and that he will donate $10 million to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence.

However, it’s possible that the transgressions that took place within the walls of Cuban’s organization may not matter to many voters.

During the 2016 presidential election, a video recording was released that showed then-candidate Trump admitting to engaging in acts of sexual assault.

While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.9 million (per Foxbusiness.com), Trump captured the White House by thoroughly defeating Hillary Clinton in the electoral college, 304 to 227.

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