According to NBC News, Martin O’Malley, 53, has announced plans to suspend his presidential campaign. The decision was made early in the evening during the Iowa Caucus when he failed to gain enough votes.
The former governor of Maryland originally launched his candidacy with big hopes and a strong resume, but his campaign never gained momentum. His numbers remained less than 10 percent during most of 2015.
Even though O’Malley made himself available to the voters and the media in Iowa, the popularity of the no-nonsense politician did not change. Those associated with his campaign believe both his presence in the debates and his politicking pressed Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to address under-discussed issues.
The Washington Post states O’Malley failed to connect with voters regarding his accomplishments as governor. His record includes repealing the death penalty, legalizing same-sex marriage, and passing his state’s version of the Dream Act, which benefited undocumented aliens who were college-bound.
As of 10:32 p.m. CST, O’Malley held 1 percent of the overall votes in the Democratic Iowa Caucus. NBC News reports that he is likely to announce his decision to end his campaign during his post-caucus party.
Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to provide updates as they become available.
By Cathy Milne
NBC News: Martin O’Malley to Suspend Presidential Campaign
The Washington Post: O’Malley suspends presidential bid after a dismal showing in Iowa
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