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WASHINGTON -- Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will announce his decision about whether to seek the Democratic nomination for president by late May, an aide said Friday.

O'Malley, who has been traveling in Iowa as he considers a run for the White House, had previously said he would make up his sometime this spring. His more refined schedule comes days before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her own campaign.

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"To make the dream true again, we must fight for better wages for all workers, so that Americans can support their families on what they earn," O'Malley said late Friday in Iowa at a meeting of the Polk County Democratic Party. "To make the dream come true again, we must not allow another Wall Street meltdown to rain down on hard-working families."

O'Malley has been traveling extensively in early primary states since departing Annapolis at the end of his second term as governor in January. His visit this week to Iowa marks his second trip to the state this year. He has also traveled to New Hampshire twice last month.

His plan to announce a decision by May was first reported by The Washington Post.

The former governor is set to speak Saturday to the National Action Network's annual convention in New York.

Still, O'Malley has been eclipsed by Clinton in early polls in early primary states. A Quinnipiac University poll in February found 84 percent of Democrats didn't know enough about him to form an opinion.

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