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O'Malley, Huckabee suspending bids

Martin O'Malley is ending his run for the Democratic nomination for president. (Source: CNN) Martin O'Malley is ending his run for the Democratic nomination for president. (Source: CNN)
Mike Huckabee bowed out of the presidential race on Monday night. (Source: CNN) Mike Huckabee bowed out of the presidential race on Monday night. (Source: CNN)
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(RNN) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are suspending their campaigns for president.

O'Malley barely registered in results in Monday’s Iowa caucus, where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were in a tight race. Huckabee also polled way down in the GOP race.

"When I got into this eight months ago I had no doubt that it would be anything but a tough fight, and it is a tough fight. But I've always been drawn to a tough fight, and I felt when I got into this as I looked down the road, I felt very firmly that our country was scanning the horizon looking for new possibilities and new leadership and a way to heal our divisions and move us forward. And you guys have been with us every step of the way and I cannot thank you enough," O'Malley told supporters. 

O'Malley, 52, previously served as the governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. When elected in 2006, O'Malley defeated the incumbent Robert Ehrlich. O'Malley was reelected in 2010 when he, once again, defeated Ehrlich.

His rise in the political ranks came somewhat expeditiously. In 1991, O'Malley started his tenure as a Baltimore city councilor. In 1999, he was elected as the mayor of Baltimore and served there until his election as governor.

Huckabee joined the crowded Republican field in May 2015, and said on Monday night, that "voters are sick of me, and I need to acknowledge that."

Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, was the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008, losing to Sen. John McCain. He was considered a leading candidate to be McCain's running mate, which eventually went to then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

He later hosted a show, titled Huckabee, on Fox News Channel. He ended the show in 2015 to run for president.

Huckabee has written several best-selling books, including his most recent God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

O'Malley was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic University of America before earning a law degree from the University of Maryland's School of Law.

The former governor voiced his support for same-sex marriage in 2012, and the state's voters passed the referendum that November.

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