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This post is part of Election Projection's continuing series introducing each 2016 presidential candidate. Follow the link at the end for more information on Martin O'Malley, including personal information, family status, education and past political experience, as well as links to O'Malley's biography and ideological positions.

If Martin O'Malley were to score the biggest upset in the U.S. election history and win the presidency in 2016, his political career would span a remarkably short distance, geographically speaking. After losing an extremely close election battle for the Maryland state Senate in 1990, a race that he led until absentee ballots gave his opponent a 44-vote victory, O'Malley won a seat on Baltimore's city council in 1990.

Nine years later, he graduated to mayor, besting a large Democratic field before cruising to a 90% haul in the general election. During his time as Baltimore's mayor, he was tagged as a new star in the Democratic Party by BusinessWeek magazine along with Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.

In 2006, he once again received a promotion when he ousted incumbent Maryland governor, Bob Ehrlich. The victory in the gubernatorial election earned him residence just 30 miles down I-97 in Annapolis. There he remained until his second term expired early in 2015. As governor, O'Malley proved his Democratic mettle by signing same-sex marriage and in-state tuition access to children of illegal immigrants into Maryland law.

So we come to O'Malley's presidential bid. Since Washington D.C. is just 40 miles from Baltimore and 35 miles from Annapolis, O'Malley's political rise from Councilman to Mayor to Governor to President would be completely contained within a circle just 40 miles in diameter. However, unfortunately for Mr. O'Malley, that's not going to happen. He has been unable to gain any momentum in the polls, and his candidacy will likely end long before all Democratic primary votes have been cast.

Democratic Nomination Odds:  < 1% (as of 11/11/15)
30-day Trend:  FLAT
Candidate Page:  Martin O'Malley, 2016 Presidential Candidate

posted by Scott Elliott at 4:17pm 11/11/15 :: link
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