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Martin O'Malley reemerges to endorse in Pennsylvania Senate race

Martin O'Malley reemerges to endorse in Pennsylvania Senate race
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 11: Journalists Rembert Browne and Jorge Ramos with democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley (C) pictured onstage during the FUSION presents the Brown & Black Democratic Forum at Drake University on January 11, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Fusion) ORG XMIT: 596340397 (Fernando Leon / Getty Images for Fusion)

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination this month, reemerged on Monday to make an endorsement in Pennsylvania's potentially competitive Senate contest.

O'Malley endorsed Braddock Mayor John Fetterman over former congressman Joe Sestak and Katie McGinty, a former chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf. All three are running for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey.

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In choosing Fetterman, O'Malley has backed one of the few elected officials in the country who is supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. O'Malley, who has not yet endorsed one of his former rivals for the White House, had a close relationship with the Clintons before the campaign.

O'Malley dropped out of the race after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses.

O'Malley focused most of his endorsement message on immigration, noting that Fetterman's wife had previously "lived in the shadows undocumented" after overstaying a visa. She later established legal residency in the U.S.

"We need leaders in Washington who will tirelessly stand up to the kind of hateful, misguided rhetoric we've seen thrown at the millions of New Americans and fight to forge consensus on an issue that has shaped this country," O'Malley wrote to supporters.

O'Malley and Fetterman have another connection. They shared a campaign consultant. Bill Hyers, who was the campaign manager for Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign in New York City, has worked for both Democrats.

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