COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 31 (UPI) — Third-place Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley did not get enough signatures to land his name on the ballot in Ohio.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office told Politico Thursday that only 772 of the 1,175 signatures collected by O’Malley were deemed valid. The former Maryland governor needed 1,000 to get on the ballot for the March 15 primary.
“Our campaign filed nearly 1,200 signatures for the Ohio ballot. While this news is disappointing, we are exploring all of our options, and Governor O’Malley will campaign vigorously in Ohio,” spokeswoman Haley Morris told Politico. “To date, he is already on the ballot in 18 other states.”
The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows O’Malley bringing up the rear of the Democratic field with 2 percent.