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O'Malley Tests Possible 2020 Run By Polling Iowa Voters

| by Lauren Briggs

Is Democrat Martin O'Malley planning to run for president again in 2020?

It's a possibility, considering he commissioned a poll in Iowa to see how many first-in-the-nation caucus-goers would vote for him.

The former governor of Maryland reportedly had Public Policy Polling survey Iowans in early March to see how they would vote for nine possible Democratic candidates if the caucus were held today, according to Politico.

O'Malley, who dropped out of the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont after receiving less than one percent of the vote, led the poll with 18 percent of Iowa Democrats saying they would caucus for him. The only option to get a higher percentage? "Not sure" came in at the top with 32 percent.

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Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey came in just behind O'Malley with 17 percent, followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota with 11 percent. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz were also in the poll. Each came in at under 10 percent.

Several popular potential Democratic candidates were not included in the O'Say Can You See leadership PAC-sponsored poll, including Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Sen. Sanders.

Another positive takeaway for the former governor is that he is fairly well-liked in the Hawkeye State. Only 12 percent of Iowans said they have unfavorable views of the former presidential candidate, while 47 percent gave him a positive rating.

"Gov. O'Malley spent a lot of time in Iowa during the campaign and made a very favorable impression on Iowa Democrats," Dave Hamrick, O'Malley's 2016 campaign manager, told Politico. "We wanted to see if the conversations he started with Iowans resonated and are glad to learn that they did."

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O'Malley has visited the state to campaign and fundraise for fellow Democrats three times since President Donald Trump won the 2016 election on Nov. 8, and has said he is open to running in the next presidential race.

"I just might be" running in 2020, he told The Salt Lake Tribune in January. "It's too early to make a decision like that. But leadership is important … I think you will see a lot more room for the voice of new candidates in the coming year than we had in the last year."

Sources: Politico, Salt Lake Tribune / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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