O’Malley nets first congressional endorsement
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Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSteyer planning town halls in early primary states The Hill's 12:30 Report - New White House threat to Acosta's press pass | Trump defends criticism of McRaven | Hamilton biographer to headline WHCA dinner Likely 2020 Dem gives thanks to voters who 'did nothing less than save America' MORE (D-Calif.) announced Friday he’ll support Martin O’Malley (D) for president, giving the former Maryland governor his first endorsement from a member of Congress.

In an op-ed published in The Des Moines Register, Swalwell, a 34-year-old lawmaker serving his second term in the House, described O’Malley as a “friend and mentor” who inspired him as a college student at the University of Maryland to seek a life in public service after seeing O'Malley speak.

“He spoke to my class about our civic duty to help others, unify communities and offer solutions for the common good,” Swalwell wrote. “I was hooked. I watched him lead not just with words but by deeds, and I committed myself to following his example of service to others.”

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Hillary Clinton is far outpacing her Democratic rivals in the race for congressional endorsements.

According to The Hill’s whip list, the former secretary of State and presidential front-runner has the support of 85 members of the House and 30 senators.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has emerged as Clinton’s biggest challenger, does not have any congressional endorsements.

O’Malley is struggling to gain traction in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, he’s stuck at 1 percent support nationally, trailing Clinton, Sanders, Vice President Biden, who has not entered the race, and former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).

O’Malley has sought to set himself apart by releasing a series of detailed policy proposals that have been well-received by many liberals. But so far Sanders is the candidate galvanizing the liberal base and chipping away at Clinton’s lead in the polls.