Professor: ‘It’ll Take a Lot More than Drudge’ to Improve O’Malley’s Poll Numbers

Martin O'Malley
The Associated Press

The influential Drudge Report has been featuring stories about former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a potential Hillary Clinton challenger, but University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato believes it will take a lot more than Matt Drudge to improve O’Malley’s poll numbers.

“Every little bit helps, I suppose,” he told CBSDC. “But it’ll take a lot more than Drudge to push O’Malley up in the polls.”

O’Malley, who will reportedly travel to Iowa this weekend and has been diligently courting activists across the nation, had the worst name recognition among Democrats in a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which found that 67% did not even know his name and only 11% would consider supporting him for president.

As CBSDC noted, “O’Malley has been a favorite topic of the Drudge Report as Clinton deals with scandals relating to her private email address while secretary of state and donations given to the Clinton Foundation. O’Malley even joked about Matt Drudge finding pictures of him playing the guitar in tight t-shirts.” Politico even described Drudge as O’Malley’s “biggest cheerleader.”

“I’ve been playing in a band since I was in high school. Unfortunately, Matt is finding older pictures,” O’Malley reportedly told MSNBC recently.