O'Malley misses deadline to be write-in candidate in Ohio
© Greg Nash

Martin O'Malley will not be on the Democratic presidential ballot in Ohio after missing a deadline to qualify this week. 

The former Maryland governor was seeking to be a write-in candidate after he initially failed to get enough signatures to have his name appear on the ballot.

But his campaign missed the Monday afternoon deadline to submit the write-in paperwork, the spokesman for Ohio's Secretary of State confirmed to The Hill. 

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"The window for inclusion on the primary election ballot is now closed, per state law," Joshua Eck said in an email. 

The deadline to submit that paperwork was Monday at 4 p.m., but the office did not receive it until Tuesday at 8 a.m., the secretary's office informed the campaign. 

The Associated Press first reported the missed deadline.

O'Malley had hoped to qualify for the ballot the conventional way, submitting 1,000 signatures by a December deadline. But while the campaign turned in 1,175, the secretary of state's office found that only 772 were valid.

Both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), his chief rivals for the Democratic nomination, met that requirement, as did Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente.