Martin O'Malley speaks at an event in Johnston, Iowa, on Jan. 31, 2016.(Photo: Steve Pope, Getty Images)
Martin O'Malley will withdraw from the Democratic presidential race after a poor showing in his uphill battle against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
The former Maryland governor will suspend his campaign during his caucus night speech in Iowa, according to sources close to the campaign.
While touting his executive experience as mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland, O'Malley could never gain traction in the contest against his better-funded rivals.
In his campaign stops on Sunday, O'Malley urged his supporters to "hold strong" as the campaign sought to achieve viability in as many precincts as possible.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, O'Malley expressed confidence. "I’m looking forward to our surprising people on caucus night, beating expectations and then taking that into the next contest in New Hampshire."
During their campaign, O'Malley and aides protested the limited number of Democratic debates and all but accused party leaders to seeking to tilt the contest toward Clinton.