Former Gov. O'Malley tests 2020 waters with poll

Former Gov. O'Malley tests 2020 waters with poll
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A political action committee affiliated with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley polled Democratic caucus voters in Iowa, suggesting that the failed 2016 presidential contender might be considering trying again in 2020. 

O’Malley’s leadership PAC commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey earlier this month, according a POLITICO report.

Politico reports O’Malley lead the other potential Democratic candidates with 18 percent of the vote. Other candidates included Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE (D-Minn.) and well-known business leaders like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. 

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While most of the other candidates received less than 10 percent of the vote, Booker followed close behind O’Malley with 17 percent, while Klobuchar received 11 percent. Nearly a third of the polled Iowans voted “not sure.”

The poll didn't include other high-profile potential Democratic hopefuls, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (D-Mass.), Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Stocks close with second day of steep losses | Dow falls over 800 points as coronavirus fears grow | Kudlow claims virus has been contained | US expects China to honor trade deal amid outbreak Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference MORE (D-Ohio) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders most searched, most tweeted about candidate during Democratic debate MORE (I-Vt.)

Presidential hopefuls often focus on Iowa because, as the first contest in the Democratic primary, it can provide momentum for candidates in a crowded field.

O’Malley ran for the Democratic nomination in 2016, but he dropped out of the race after receiving little support in a race that became defined by the fight between Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday MORE and Sanders.

Dave Hamrick, O’Malley’s 2016 campaign manager, suggested that the poll would test whether the candidate had garnered support in Iowa during the 2016 election.

“Governor O’Malley spent a lot of time in Iowa during the campaign and made a very favorable impression on Iowa Democrats. We wanted to see if the conversations he started with Iowans resonated and are glad to learn that they did,” Hamrick said.