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O’Malley Fails to Make Ohio Ballot

O’Malley Fails to Make Ohio Ballot

Soldiers on by opening new campaign HQ in Waterloo

In the wake of news that only one person showed up at a Martin O’Malley event in Iowa, news that he has failed to make the ballot in Ohio is probably unwelcome for the floundering campaign.

The Hill reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley failed to qualify for the ballot in Ohio.

A spokesman for the Ohio secretary of state confirmed to The Hill on Thursday that O’Malley did not get the necessary 1,000 signatures to appear on the March 15 ballot.

O’Malley’s campaign submitted 1,175 signatures, but only 772 were found to be valid, according to the secretary’s office.

“While this news is disappointing, we are exploring all of our options,” Haley Morris, a spokeswoman for O’Malley, said in a statement.

Morris said that O’Malley will “campaign vigorously” in the Buckeye State and noted that he is on the ballot in 18 other states.

O’Malley, a former Maryland governor, has failed to gain traction for his 2016 Democratic bid, placing well behind former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in recent polls.

For his part, however, O’Malley is not giving up on his campaign just yet and has opened a new campaign HQ in Waterloo [insert obvious one-liners here].


In the above interview, he notes that he will speak “fearlessly” of his progressive agenda . . . a progressive agenda he believes the entire country wants.


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I know collecting signatures is tough, but he can’t find 1,000 Democrats in Ohio? Any halfway competent petitioner knows that you need at least 50% more. Sheesh! Toast!!

    If you can’t get 2,000 signatures in the ENTIRE STATE of Ohio, then you’re already done. Pack up your campaign and go home.

    I mean COME ON. A decent group of College Volunteers at a popular Mall two or three weekends in a row ought to be able to get that by themselves.

    If you don’t have 40 supporters IN THE ENTIRE STATE capable of getting 50 signatures each, you’re done. I’ve been part of mayoral campaigns that have gotten larger signature lists than that.

As if it matters. Well may in some sort of strange “butterfly effect” but it is irrelevant to O’Malley’s chances.

The Friendly Grizzly | January 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

The picture is fitting: “Just you and me, and baby makes threeee…”. The other 997 were not to be found.

he has his Waterloo too

Empress Trudy | January 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Come the fall, the media will of course proclaim that unless you live in 7 cities in Ohio your vote was essentially meaningless.

Stonewall Jackson. I actually remember that. Duude!

Makes you wonder what other candidates aren’t getting on ballots.

How do they verify if a signature is valid or not?