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Few Marylanders Favor O'Malley for President

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 01:55 PM

Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's much publicized drive to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democrats' presidential nomination is spinning its wheels at home.

A new poll by Maryland's Goucher College discovered that while Baltimore residents chose O'Malley as mayor, and Marylanders picked him as governor, only a tepid 19 percent would like to see him as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, while 65 percent believe he should not run.

O'Malley, 51, limited to two terms, is unable to run in the 2014 race for another stint as governor. The Washington Post lists Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Grown leading his Republican challenger Larry Hogan by nine points, 47 to 38 percent.

O'Malley squeaked into office in 2010 with just 56 percent of the vote, The Hill notes, and is not all that popular among Maryland voters, with 43 percent of them having an unfavorable view of him, as compared to just 40 percent with a favorable view.

Nonetheless, O'Malley has been crisscrossing the country on campaign trips to New Hampshire, Nevada and elsewhere, trying to overcome a low voter recognition that remains high for Clinton.

In a poll roundup by RealClearPolitics, O'Malley places a dismal sixth place, at just 1.6 percent support, while Clinton is the runaway favorite for the Democratic nomination at an overall 64.4 percent. Neither candidate has officially announced that they are running.

On the campaign trail, O'Malley has emphasized his executive experience as mayor and governor. Shaun Adamec, a former O'Malley aide, told the Baltimore Sun, "A natural way for him to distinguish himself is the fact that he's been a governor and mayor. Executive leadership brings a certain perspective that's not lost on him."

"I have been twice given executive trust by people I serve and both times been able to bring people together in a fundamentally newer, more modern, more collaborative way to achieve important things," O'Malley told the Sun.

However, Clinton, 66, as a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, outshines him in that regard too, the Sun notes.

O'Malley, who in his spare time sings and plays guitar in the Celtic group O'Malley's March, has been courting Hollywood big shots who backed Obama against Clinton in the 2008 primary, and has been hosted at a series of fundraisers with luminaries such as Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures and Television, and Tim Rothman, former chairman of 20th Century Fox, BuzzFeed reports.

BuzzFeed says O'Malley has been to 19 states since the beginning of last year and has plans to keep traveling in support of candidates until the upcoming elections.

Moctesuma Esparza, CEO of Maya Cinemas, told BuzzFeed, "He’s still not really well-known, and I think that his strategy to come out to participate in meet-and-greets has been excellent. I think a lot of people here are waiting to see what else is out there."

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Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's much publicized drive to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democrats' presidential nomination is spinning its wheels at home, a new poll shows.
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Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 01:55 PM
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