BOSTON HERALD: Former Maryland Gov. O’Malley not a believer in Clinton’s inevitability
As originally appearing in The Boston Herald



BEDFORD, N.H. — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley held a glass-half-full outlook at the mere 1 percent of support he has in today’s Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald 2016 presidential poll.

“There’s only one way to go!” O’Malley said of finishing at the bottom of the survey of Democratic New Hampshire voters, behind even Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “No, it doesn’t bother me.”

Only former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb — who polled less than 1 percent — finished worse.

O’Malley dismissed the results — which showed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with an 84 percent favorability rating — as just a snapshot and disputed the idea it could mean she’s the inevitable Democratic nominee in 2016.

“History is full of examples where the front-runner is the front-runner and totally inevitable right up until the front-runner is no longer the front-runner and no longer inevitable,” said O’Malley.

The former Baltimore mayor — who left Maryland’s Corner Office in January — spoke at a “Politics & Eggs” breakfast this morning, at the historic Bedford Village Inn, a restored 19th century farm.

Later tonight, he’ll meet with the New Hampshire Young Democrats at Margarita’s in Nashua.

It’s O’Malley’s second visit to the Granite State this month. He spoke at Gibson’s Bookstore in downtown Concord on March 6, where he said the party’s best and brightest shouldn’t shy away from challenging Clinton in a presidential primary.

O’Malley told reporters today he’ll make a final decision on whether to run for president later this spring.

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