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O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire

Gov. Martin O'Malley will return again to New Hampshire this month as the term-limited Democrat continues to lay the groundwork for a potential White House bid.

O'Malley will be the guest at an Aug. 17 picnic fundraiser for the Strafford County Democrats, marking his third visit to this early primary state since last fall.

The governor has visited Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and California, among other trips over the past two years, headlining fundraisers and meeting with party activists. 

His latest visit to New Hampshire comes two days after he is scheduled to deliver the keynote address to Mississippi Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner. 

The events take O'Malley out of Maryland for one of his home state's biggest political events of the year. State and county leaders from across Maryland will gather in Ocean City for the Maryland Association of Counties' annual conference that weekend, where the governor typically delivers a final keynote address.

This year, the address will be replaced by a debate between O'Malley's preferred successor, Democrat Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, and Republican nominee Larry Hogan.

While a potential O'Malley candidacy has drawn interest from political pundits and national media, most national polls show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a huge advantage in a hypothetical primary contest.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.:  While O'Malley will miss his final opportunity to give a keynote address at the Maryland Association of Counties' conference, aides say the governor will stop by the event on the first day of the event. Deputy Press Secretary Ron Boehmer said O'Malley will attend the conference on Thursday, Aug. 14 for an unspecified event.

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