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Sun Poll: Maryland Democrats Prefer Hillary Over O'Malley

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in a poll of state Democrats that gauged their interest in 2016 presidential candidates.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Credit: Patch File Photo
Gov. Martin O'Malley Credit: Patch File Photo

While Maryland Democrats overwhelmingly approve of the job Gov. Martin O’Malley has done in statewide office, they aren’t yet ready to back him as their party’s presidential nominee.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads O'Malley by nearly 10 to 1 among likely Maryland Democratic voters in a Baltimore Sun poll for top candidates in the 2016 presidential election.

When asked for a favorite among Clinton, O'Malley, Vice President Joe Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 59 percent picked Clinton. Biden came in second, with 14 percent, the Sun says, while O'Malley received 6 percent support. Cuomo was last at 4 percent of those polled.

O’Malley, who is in his final term as governor, is preparing for a possible presidential bid, he recently told The Washington Post. The governor has been meeting with foreign- and domestic-policy experts privately to prepare, and told the newspaper that he would make a good president “for these times especially.”

Sources told the newspaper that O’Malley wants to run for the White House in 2016, but probably won’t if Clinton runs. He was the second governor in the country to support Clinton’s 2008 run for the presidential nomination.

Dr. Benjamin Carson, a respected and now retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, topped the list of contenders for Maryland Republicans. The other GOP prospective candidates listed in the poll were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

The preference by the state’s Democrats for other presidential candidates "is not a good sign for him," Steve Raabe, president of OpinionWorks, told the Sun. "For these second tier candidates, it's advocates from their own state who go to Iowa and New Hampshire" to sell them to voters, Raabe said. O'Malley "definitely has some work to do here at home."

macgeek February 19, 2014 at 07:53 PM
either one would make a bad president.
Buck Harmon February 20, 2014 at 07:46 AM
Polls are tainted...
Richard Rice February 20, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Neither man would make a good president. Let us continue to pray for wisdom!!!
Bryan Harz February 21, 2014 at 09:56 AM
"Neither man". Now that is funny!
Sam from Laurel February 21, 2014 at 08:42 PM
America truly needs two viable parties to govern, but obviously the Republican Party has no interest for the White House! Who the heck would even bring up another Bush? I think Christy would have been the only viable GOP candidate, if he could make it out of the circus called the Republican primaries. But I think Republicans hate him more than anyone and Bridgegate just keeps festering on. The only good thing is we Marylanders get rid of O'malley! Maybe we might be able to keep some of our money.
Grace B. February 22, 2014 at 09:33 PM
It frightens me that he even made it into the polls. And, I'm totally shocked he got 6 percent.
Mark February 23, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Bye-bye Mr. OweMalley
Richard February 23, 2014 at 07:45 AM
You are right Sam. Maryland needs two viable parties more so than the Nation. I'm not a Republican, but anytime there is one-party rule, the constituents get ignored. There is no better example of this than here in Maryland.
Bob Higginbotham February 23, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Another false poll. I didn't see Sen. Ted Cruz as one of the potential GOP candidates. I guess the sun is afraid of the truth. As far as O'Malley is concerned, after the mess he has made of Maryland he couldn't beat Donald Duck as a candidate for anything.
L.B. February 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM
We have a mess on our hand with Obama if O'Malley took his place we the people would e Doomed!!!
Captain Cook February 23, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Only AN IDIOT would want this LIB DEM, who SUCKS your tax dollars, steps all over you rights, is a complete DOPE to be anywhere in anyplace to 'lead' - this guy and anyone who wants him - GO TO THE NUT HOUSE! Comrade O'Malley AND Brown show how STUPID MD voters are!!!!! Get a gripe people!!!!!!!
John B February 24, 2014 at 08:35 PM
The bad thing is we could get his clone in Brown. And the word I am hearing is OweMalley is looking at Mikulski's seat when she retires. That would be double bad for Md....
Bryan Harz February 25, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Hey Captain, I have a gripe. It's commentors who yell with all caps calling others STUPID and IDIOTIC. You can have your opinion but please be respectful like everyone else. By the way I agree with the middle part of your rant. He is not good for MD.

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