Twice burned, forever shy? O’Malley gets 4 percent support from home state
Martin O’Malley, who is hoping to jumpstart his presidential campaign with a strong debate performance here Tuesday, continues to get little love from his home state of Maryland.
The former governor is backed by just 4 percent of voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents in a potential presidential primary matchup in the state, a new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll finds.
O’Malley lags far behind former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, who gets the support of 43 percent, followed by Vice President Biden -- who is mulling a run -- with 26 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with 20 percent.I'm a little surprised he isn't more popular in Maryland; the state is generally further left than Cuba. I can see how lack of name recognition in other states could be an initial hindrance for him. But in Maryland, he's well known as an aggressive tax and spend democrat; he even contrived to tax the rain (since repealed, in part). Maybe the appetite for new taxes among democrats knows some bounds after all.
Former Virginia senator Jim Webb is the choice of 1 percent, while former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee attracts less than 1 percent.