Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stands backstage before speaking at a town hall at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, Jan. 27, 2016.
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Martin O’Malley suspends his presidential campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa – Martin O’Malley suspended his long-shot Democratic presidential campaign Monday night as early results showed he gained little traction in the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, a state to which his campaign pinned their hopes.  

O’Malley’s candidacy, despite initial high hopes and strong a resume, failed to launch from the start and never picked up steam as he stayed mired in the single digits in polls for most of the past year. O’Malley was a politician’s politician in a year when the electorate craved anti-establishment insurgents like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

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O’Malley spent more time in Iowa than any other candidate and prided himself on being accessible to voters and the press. His campaign also believes he helped push front-runner Hillary Clinton ad Sanders on certain issues.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor is likely make the official announcement Monday night as his caucus-night party.

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Martin O'Malley suspends his presidential campaign