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Report: O'Malley Tells Donors He's In, Even If Clinton Runs

Report: O'Malley Tells Donors He's In, Even If Clinton Runs

By Scott Conroy - September 3, 2014

Though he would have an uphill battle ahead of him, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appears increasingly set on running for president in 2016. 

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the second-term Democrat has been telling Democratic donors that he intends to seek the White House, regardless of whether Hillary Clinton enters the race.  

An O’Malley spokesperson did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment on the report.

With his tenure in Annapolis set to expire in January, O’Malley has been more aggressive than any other potential Democratic candidate in building the infrastructure required for a presidential run. The two-term governor has not been coy about his White House ambitions and has traveled frequently to key early voting states.  

He last visited Iowa in July and is scheduled to give the keynote address at a Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire later this month. 

O’Malley has also used his political action committee to dispatch campaign aides around the country to work on behalf of Democrats running in the 2014 midterm elections -- an effort, in part, to build goodwill within the party.  

While in office, O’Malley has garnered some attention among progressives, who have applauded his legislative achievements, including new gun control measures and a law that will raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. 

But the former mayor of Baltimore has struggled to build name recognition and a national profile amid a potential 2016 Democratic field that includes Clinton and other party heavyweights, including Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  

In the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls surveying a hypothetical Democratic primary, O’Malley garners only 1.5 percent of the vote -- trailing Clinton by 63 percentage points.  

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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