Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Democratic

Highest office held:
Governor of Maryland

Notable quote:
“Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Whether we give our children a future of more or a future of less - this, too, is a choice.”

Martin O’Malley

By Hayley Harding

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

The presidential campaign of Martin O’Malley, known for its underdog fight and having a leader who is also the head of a folk rock band, died Feb. 1, 2016. It was 248 days old.

The campaign was born May 30, 2015, and was conducted by Martin O’Malley, a former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor. It was considered an uphill battle from the first day, coming into the world at a time when Hillary Clinton held over 60 percent of Democratic favor. In the end, even the rise of Bernie Sanders and Clinton’s corresponding fall was unable to help O’Malley’s campaign.

Notable aspects included the continued fight for speaking time at debates and his advocacy for strong environmental policies. The campaign was considered seriously damaged after O’Malley said “all lives matter,” a statement many consider to be diminishing of the Black Lives Matter movement, during the Netroot Nations conference in July 2015. It bounced back, though, and was able to poll as high as three percent nationally in November 2015.

It is survived by O’Malley’s band, an Irish folk rock group named O’Malley’s March.