O'Malley schedules campaign events in Md. next month

Martin O'Malley will hold a handful of campaign events in Maryland next month -- among the first scheduled in his home state since he launched his presidential bid in Federal Hill in May.

The events, which are partly being billed as "send offs" ahead of the Feb. 1 caucuses in Iowa, are an indication that the former two-term Maryland governor intends to stay in the race at least through next month.

O'Malley, a Democrat, will attend a fundraiser at the home of Charla and John Pouland on Jan. 19. Pouland, a longtime friend of O'Malley's, served as the Texas director of Gary Hary's 1984 campaign -- the race where O'Malley got his start in presidential politics.

O'Malley will also play with his Irish rock band, O'Malley's March, at the James Joyce Pub in Baltimore on Jan. 28. He will attend a birthday party and fundraiser that same day at the home of Holly and Wayne Gioioso. Wayne Gioioso founded the Towson-based Mid-Atlantic Properties.

Despite months of active campaigning -- and positioning himself the first candidate to present detailed policy proposals -- O'Malley has failed to gain much traction against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. O'Malley has averaged about 5 percent support in Iowa polls, according to the RealClearPolitics analysis and is polling at about 4 percent nationally.

That, and O'Malley's lackluster fundraising, has led to speculation about his staying power in the contest. The former governor frequently notes that polling in December doesn't often reflect an election’s outcome, and he has said he intends to compete in early primary states.

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