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Richard A. Gephardt

Democratic debate critical for Martin O'Malley's campaign, experts say

Democratic debate critical for Martin O'Malley's campaign, experts say

Martin O'Malley is preparing to step onto the biggest stage of his political career Tuesday for a debate that analysts say could make or break his long-shot and long-standing ambition to be president.

The stakes could not be higher for the two-term Maryland governor, whose bid for the Democratic nomination has struggled to capture attention and money despite an aggressive and occasionally unorthodox campaign style.

For millions of voters, the debate will be an introduction to a man who has been well known in Maryland politics since he unexpectedly won a race for mayor in Baltimore 16 years ago.

Five Democratic candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary...

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