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Poll: Mark Warner, Martin O'Malley far behind 2016 Dem presidential race

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Local,Maryland,Virginia,Steve Contorno,Democratic Party

Two Potomac politicians are in early consideration for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but if Hillary Clinton decides to run "consideration" might be too strong a word.

In a national Quinnipiac Poll released Thursday on how the 2016 field is shaping up for the Dems, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley each captured just 1 percent of the vote among 650 Democrats surveyed. But Clinton, the former first lady, former U.S. senator and, until recently, the Secretary of State, easily swamps all others as the most heavily favored Democratic contender with 65 percent support.

But even if Clinton doesn't run, Warner and O'Malley are a distant option for most voters. Only 3 percent of people who listed Clinton as their first choice said O'Malley is the second-best option, and only 2 percent put Warner as their No. 2 pick.

Vice President Joe Biden finished second in the poll at 13 percent and was the only other pol to break double digits. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo finished third with four percent of the vote.

Surprisingly, almost none of O'Malley's support came from the Northeast. Instead, 4 percent of respondents from the West and 1 percent from the Midwest, picked O'Malley. All of Warner's support has come from the South.

Neither O'Malley nor Warner have said whether they intend to run, though both have flirted with the idea. O'Malley's term as governor expires in 2014 and term limits prevent him from running again. The Marylander said he'll weigh his future plans this summer.

Warner, a former governor, has announced that he will run for a second Senate term in 2014 and is already raising money for the race. He was expected to announce a bid for president in 2008, but decided early not to run.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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