Gov. O'Malley Close to Mounting Presidential Bid

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Sunday, 04 Aug 2013 07:11 AM

By Cathy Burke

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Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley is inching closer to mounting a 2016 presidential campaign.

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"It's going well," he said of preparations. "By the end of this year, I think we're on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016."

Time.com and The Washington Post spoke with O'Malley at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee.

O'Malley had said in April he was considering a White House bid and would give it more serious consideration during the latter part of 2013.

O'Malley said other aspects of weighing a bid for the White House involved his political action committee helping elect 'like-minded candidates" and increasing his social media presence, The Post reported.

After a legislative session in which O'Malley won passage of bills on guns, the death penalty and transportation, he said he was taking time "to let my soul catch up to where my body's been."

It's not clear if O'Malley will toss his hat in the ring if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes a run.

A McClatchy-Marist Poll last month found him polling at 1 percent of the Democratic primary electorate, if Clinton also decides to run, Time.com reported.

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A May poll from Quinnipiac University found that even with Clinton out of the race for the Democratic nomination, the Maryland governor would start off with the support of only 3 percent of Democratic voters.

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