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O'Malley Fares Poorly In Early Presidential Polling

A Quinnipiac University poll shows the Maryland governor in the back of the pack regardless of whether or not Hillary Clinton decides to run in 2016.

The early prospects for a 2016 White House bid for Gov. Martin O'Malley are dim, according to one national poll.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would get 65 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary, according to a poll released last week by Quinnipiac University.

Trailing Clinton is current Vice President Joseph Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 13 and 4 percent of the vote respectively, according to the poll.

O'Malley joins Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner at the back of the pack. Each polled with 1 percent of less of the support in the national poll.

If Clinton were to decide not to run, Biden becomes the frontrunner with 45 percent of those polled saying they would support the vice president from Delaware.

Support for O'Malley increases to 3 percent if Clinton stays out of the primary.

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a rock-solid hold on the hearts of Democratic voters at this point," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement released with the poll. "If she decides not to run, Vice President Joseph Biden does almost as well as she does against the rest of the field. There is a long way to go until 2016, but none of the other younger potential candidates for the Democratic nomination currently has anything approaching widespread support from party voters."

O'Malley, who is completing the last 18 months of his second and final term as governor, is widely expected to run for president in 2016. Last year, O'Malley set up a national political action committee account called the "Oh Say Can You See" PAC.

He's spend the last two years trying to raise his national profile by traveling, chairing the Democratic Governors Association and pushing for legislative approval of wind-generated electric power, abolition of the death penalty, gun control, same-sex marriage, the Maryland DREAM Act and the gas tax.

During a trip to Israel last month, O'Malley said he remains undecided on a presidential run but plans to "dedicate some more thought time — reflection time — to the question of whether or not I would run in 2016," according to the Washington Post.

That same paper in March reported the results of its own poll that shows Clinton was more popular in Maryland than O'Malley.

Sam Adams May 07, 2013 at 01:11 PM
America has proven that through wide scale fundraising abuse and massive voter fraud that any kook can be elected president. That and his enormous ego is what gives the likes of O'Malley hope. What he does not understand is that he is boring and white...so little to hope and change for.
patricia May 07, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Democrats polled and not polled need to be educated of the fact that none of the prospects listed above are democrats. ALL are liberal progressive socialists, who have hijacked the democrat party. Learn the difference.
Tom Tompkins May 07, 2013 at 08:53 PM
O'Malley has made me start to look for a new home in another state because of his unabashed desire to tax Maryland's middle class to oblivion. My fervent hope is that his presidential bid fails miserably. I would hate to feel that he has the ability to ruin my country the way he has ruined my home state.
Jim Quimby May 08, 2013 at 11:51 AM
I'd vote for Lassie before I'd vote for Captian Martin
ajd May 08, 2013 at 08:02 PM
As a liberal Democrat, I like what I've seen from O'Malley. I'd probably vote for Hillary though, if she runs. Of course it'd depend on their stances on the issues that come up.

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