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Martin O’Malley plans upcoming Iowa trip

DES MOINES — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is scheduled to appear in Iowa, the leadoff caucus state, on Saturday, the same day he is expected to reveal in Baltimore whether he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.

A Democrat with knowledge of O’Malley’s travel plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt the formal announcement, said O’Malley would appear in Davenport in the afternoon and Des Moines at night.

If he runs for the nomination, as his travel plans strongly suggest he will, O’Malley will join former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont as the major candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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Sanders, an independent, announced last month he intends to seek the Democratic nomination. His official campaign kickoff will be held at Burlington’s Waterfront Park on Lake Champlain. Sanders worked to redevelop the park as mayor.

O’Malley has made several visits to Iowa this year and has two paid staffers there and plans to add more. He also invested heavily in Iowa last year, making four trips to the state and putting 14 staffers to work on state campaigns.

During a visit earlier this year, O’Malley said Iowa’s Democrats needed to get to know him.

Associated Press