Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will not be running for president again in 2020, but he does have his preferred candidate already picked out.
O’Malley wrote an op-ed for the Des Moines Register this week, saying he would not be running for president in 2020, and endorsed El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke, should he decide to run. O’Rourke, a former U.S. Congressman, gained national attention in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Senator Ted Cruz in Texas in 2018.
“While I will not be running in 2020, I would like to put my faith and trust in a fearless American future,” O’Malley wrote. “And, I believe the new leader who can best bring us together and turn us around to create that better American future, is Beto O’Rourke.”
Governor O’Malley previously ran for president in 2016, dropping out of the Democratic race after a poor showing in the Iowa Caucuses, winning about 0.5 percent of the delegates awarded in the race. O’Malley eventually endorsed Hillary Clinton after she became the party’s presumptive nominee.