- The Washington Times - Friday, November 24, 2017

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Friday that Democrats allowed Republicans to win in state and local races by not competing the past eight years.

“There were many so-called active Democrats that I would speak with on the phone trying to impress upon them, when I was chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, that states matter,” Mr. O’Malley said on Fox News.

Mr. O’Malley was a Democratic candidate for president in 2016.

He said that while he headed the DGA, many contributors would not donate to local candidates or campaigns for governor or House races. He said this is part of the reason that Democrats lost to Republicans by such wide margins in state and local races the past eight years.

“The truth is we were wiped out,” Mr. O’Malley said.

“Shame on us. We need to act like a party. We need to act like every state matters,” he added.

Democrats have made state and local races a renewed priority in 2018, putting early amounts of money into competitive areas. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced plans to expand its map for House races after historic wins in the statehouse races in Virginia.

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