Former Maryland Gov. O’Malley jumps into 2016 race

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley celebrates after officially announcing his candidacy for the U.S. presidency during an event at Federal Hill Park May 30, 2015 in Baltimore Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE — Martin O’Malley says he’s running for president because voters deserve a choice.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor says the presidency “is not a crown to be passed back and forth” between “two royal families.”

The 52-year-old Democrat is casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

O’Malley made the announcement Saturday in a Baltimore park, telling a crowd of about 1,000 people — “I’m running for you.”

It’ll be a longshot challenge to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Also in the race is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

O’Malley is holding events in Iowa later Saturday and plans to be in New Hampshire on Sunday.

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