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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to headline Senate Democrats’ fundraiser this month

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is heading to New Hampshire again, this time for a fundraiser with New Hampshire’s Senate Democrats.

The fundraiser is Aug. 17 at the home of state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark in Portsmouth. Democrats hold 11 seats in the state Senate and need to win two more this fall to control the 24-member chamber.

O’Malley has made several trips to New Hampshire this cycle and is widely considered to be building the groundwork for a presidential run. He headlined the state Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in December and spoke at a Manchester City Democrats dinner in June. In 2012, he worked on Gov. Maggie Hassan’s campaign through his role as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

“We are excited to see Governor O’Malley back in New Hampshire and thrilled he is helping us raise the resources needed to elect a Democratic Senate majority,” Democratic Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen said. “Governor O’Malley is building a tremendous amount of goodwill in the state with his work to elect Democrats up and down the ticket.”

He’ll leave the Maryland governor’s office this November after two four-year terms, the limit in Maryland. O’Malley is the only potential Democratic candidate making a serious and public effort to build goodwill in New Hampshire ahead of a presidential bid. Most other potential candidates are waiting to see whether Hillary Clinton enters the race.

O’Malley’s experience with New Hampshire presidential politics dates to 1984 when he worked on Gary Hart’s presidential campaign. Hart won New Hampshire but went on to lose the nomination to Walter Mondale. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen ran that campaign.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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