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.
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.