Sylvia Larsen

O'Malley takes party's message to New Hampshire

O'Malley takes party's message to New Hampshire

— Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took center stage before a convention of New Hampshire Democrats Saturday, rallying the faithful in a state important to his party's hopes to hold the White House in November — and to his own future should he run for president.

The 22-minute keynote address to the New Hampshire Democratic Party marked O'Malley's debut as the main attraction at an event in this first-in-the-nation primary state. The visit was part of a four-state tour kicking off what looks to be a summer packed with political travel for the 49-year-old governor.

"In the road to recovery there will be ups and downs," O'Malley told the crowd of roughly 500 at the...