It is now officially a two-person race on the Democratic side, as Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, is suspending his campaign to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States.
He is expected to officially announce his campaign’s suspension at 10:30 PM EST at a local restaurant in Iowa.
O’Malley never gained significant traction since announcing his candidacy on May 30, 2015 from Baltimore.
He averaged 4.3% in the latest Real Clear Politics Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus average. At 10 PM EST, With 78% of Democratic precincts reporting, O’Malley garnered only 0.5% of the vote in Iowa.
O’Malley served as Maryland’s Governor from 2007 to 2015. Before being elected Governor, he served as the mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007. He served on the Baltimore City Council from 1991 to 1998.
The New York Times reports his aides had not been paid for weeks and his campaign struggled to raise funds. He took out a bank loan in December against the promise of having secured future public funds as part of his run for the White House, according to the report.
Governor O’Malley has not indicated whom he will endorse between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT).