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Beto O'Rourke in Iowa on the 2020 campaign trail. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke's got something that is capturing everyone's attention — including his fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, some of whom went out of their way to address him.

Driving the news: Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker all sent fundraising emails to their supporters specifically citing Beto's presidential bid. (The subject line of Harris' email was simply: Beto O'Rourke.) They haven't done this for other presidential candidates, except Harris' team which sent a similar note when Bernie Sanders announced.

Why it matters: It's too early to tell who's going to be the nominee, but Beto's early buzz is clearly something his Democratic opponents aren't taking lightly and can't afford to ignore.

  • Fundraising is particularly important for 2020 candidates because they can't qualify for the DNC debates unless they have donations from at least 65,000 people. As Booker wrote in his email: "The reality is every new person in the race makes the potential debate stage more crowded."
  • O'Rourke raised a record $80 million for his 2018 Senate campaign in Texas, and $20 million of that came from out of the state.

Other candidates welcomed Beto to the race with a simple tweet, like John Delaney.

  • Julián Castro's team emailed supporters on the morning of O'Rourke's announcement with the news that he'd received over 30 endorsements from appointed and elected officials in Texas.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar was asked about O'Rourke's campaign during a CNN interview, to which she said: "I think competition is good for our party."
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand seemed unfazed by O'Rourke's announcement — she met with Stacey Abrams yesterday.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Beto O'Rourke.

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In photos: Protesters rally for George Floyd ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial

Chaz Neal, a Redwing community activist, outside the Minnesota Governor's residence during a protest in support of George Floyd in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of protesters were rallying outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St Paul Saturday, urging justice for George Floyd ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's trial over the 46-year-old's death.

The big picture: Chauvin faces charges for second-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death last May, which ignited massive nationwide and global protests against racism and for police reform. His trial is due to start this Monday, with jury selection procedures.

Biden says $1,400 stimulus payments can start going out this month

Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Biden said Saturday that the Senate passage of his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package means the $1,400 direct payments for most Americans can begin going out later this month.

Driving the news: The Senate voted 50-49 Saturday to approve the sweeping legislation. The House is expected to pass the Senate's version of the bill next week before it heads to Biden's desk for his signature.