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O'Malley won't run for governor

O'Malley won't run for governor

Saying his work in Baltimore is incomplete, Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday that he will not be a candidate for governor this year - clearing the way for Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to run unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

"There is no tougher fight, and no more noble cause, than the turnaround of a great American city," O'Malley said, adding that the decision to forgo the campaign was the most difficult of his political life.

"The risk of losing this particular race was really not something that intimidated me," he said.

"In the final battle between head and heart, my conscience just wouldn't allow me to take the risk...