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Martin O'Malley withdraws from home state's ballot

Martin O'Malley withdrew his name from the Maryland ballot on Friday, days after he ended his presidential campaign in Iowa.

In some ways, it was lucky timing for the former two-term governor.

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The Maryland Board of Elections requires candidates to withdraw their name from the ballot by Friday evening -- soon after the Iowa caucuses and before the New Hampshire primary.

If O'Malley stayed in the race a few more weeks, he would have appeared on his home state's ballot even if he dropped out in, say, March.

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Maryland's primary is April 26.

Pulling his name allows O'Malley to avoid posting a disappointing result in his home state. In 2012, Republicans Jon Huntsman and Rick Perry both appeared on the Maryland primary ballot despite withdrawing from the race months prior. Both received less than 1 percent of the state's vote.

O'Malley ended his campaign on Monday after receiving fewer votes than the already low expectations based on polling.

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