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Timing, Trump challenge O'Malley, Carson in Iowa

Timing, Trump challenge O'Malley, Carson in Iowa

Talk of a Martin O'Malley presidential bid began nearly 15 years ago, when the scrappy councilman from Northeast Baltimore ascended to the mayor's office on a mission to turn his city around.

But after years of speculation, and now months of aggressive campaigning, the aspiration feels distant as Iowans prepare to open the primary season Monday with the nation's first presidential caucus.

Despite running an issue-based campaign heavy on retail politics, the former Maryland governor has failed to gain a foothold in the Hawkeye State against better-known rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

O'Malley had support from 3 percent of likely caucus participants in a recent...