South Carolina, another early presidential nominating state, next on O’Malley’s itinerary


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is preparing for a possible 2016 White House bid, is set to touch down in another early presidential nominating state Friday.

O’Malley (D) is scheduled to be in South Carolina, where he is hosting a fundraiser in Charleston for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen.

The timing for O’Malley is convenient: His daughter, Tara, graduates from the College of Charleston on Saturday, according to an O’Malley aide.

The fundraiser will be O’Malley’s latest exposure to donors and activists in a state that could prove helpful if he moves forward with a bid for the presidency.

Last Friday, O’Malley was in Nevada, where he addressed the Clark County Democratic Party’s 2014 Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Las Vegas.

O’Malley has said he is moving forward with preparations for a presidential bid without regard to whether Hillary Clinton makes a widely anticipated run.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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