- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two potential 2016 contenders on the Democratic side, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, are scheduled to headline the Polk County Democrats’ annual spring awards dinner in Des Moines in April.

Mr. Webb has taken the step of actually launching an exploratory committee as he ponders a presidential run and Mr. O’Malley has also expressed an interest, as much of the potential field keeps a watchful eye on the moves of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who would start out as the undisputed frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she runs.

Mr. Webb did several events last year in Iowa, home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, and Mr. O’Malley is planning a separate trip in March, the Des Moines Register reported.

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