Ex-Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is running for President on the Democratic line…
He has a VERY little of a chance of winning….
Martin O’Malley’s presidential bid has always been a long-shot, but the odds looked even longer Saturday as he officially kicked off his campaign from Federal Hill Park.
The run-up to his launch here could hardly have been worse, complicated in recent weeks by unrest in the city where he served as mayor and the unexpected early momentum of another Hillary Clinton challenger: Bernie Sanders.
At one time, O’Malley figured to be Clinton’s default rival for the Democratic nomination. He won two terms as governor of Maryland, winning by wide margins, and honed his national fundraising chops as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. At 52, he was positioned to make the case that he represents a generational step forward. Yet it’s Sanders — a disheveled, 73-year-old socialist — who so far has captured the imagination of progressives looking for a Clinton alternative.
O’Malley’s camp maintains that the enthusiasm generated by the Vermont senator — who drew overflow crowds at campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire this week after kicking off his campaign in front of 6,000 supporters in Burlington on Tuesday — is a sign that Democratic voters are hungry for excitement and augurs well for the former Maryland governor.