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O’Malley Makes HUGE 2020 Step

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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is one of the first Democrats to begin the process of running for president in 2020, according to a Wednesday report from Politico.

The former governor of Maryland commissioned a poll in Iowa, the site of the first caucus in presidential elections, revealing a huge show of interest.

O’Malley fared well in the poll, earning 18 percent of voters. The poll included nine other potential candidates: Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, former Housing Sec. Julian Castro, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, as well as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

Thirty-two percent of respondents indicated they weren’t sure who they planned to support, indicating there is a lot of wiggle room within the next three years.

O’Malley earned a 47 percent favorable rating, the highest in the poll. Booker came in second, earning a 40 percent approval rating, and Cuomo came in third, earning 35 percent.

“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,” said O’Malley’s 2016 campaign manager Dave Hamrick.

Pundits speculated after the 2016 election who would run, but most of the likely candidates have been unwilling to officially come out and express their interest. Booker made an assertion last Sunday that he was not at all interested in running for office. The progressive senator reported he was more interested in opposing Republicans and President Donald Trump.

The poll included 1,062 Iowa registered Democrats, and took place from March 3 through March 6. The poll was conducted by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, the margin of error was not published.

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