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Martin O'Malley backs Chris Van Hollen in Maryland Senate race

Martin O'Malley backs Chris Van Hollen in Maryland Senate race

Former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley weighed into the state's competitive Senate race on Monday with an endorsement for Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

Calling him a "reliable progressive partner" -- one of four times he used the word "progressive" in his email to supporters -- O'Malley says Van Hollen has been a leader in the state on issues such as the environment, gun control and education.

"In my time serving on the Baltimore City Council, as mayor of Baltimore, and as governor, Chris was a reliable, progressive partner in the General Assembly and in Congress," O'Malley wrote. "Chris knows what’s...

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