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Tue Nov 17, 2015, 12:31 AM

O’Malley sees ‘breakout’ performance at Democratic debate, Iowa political observers say. [View all]

DES MOINES — Martin O’Malley finally delivered a “long-necessary breakout” performance Saturday that was complete with rolling punches at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and a bold offensive strategy, Iowa political observers and Democratic organizers say.

“Strategically, he had the best performance of the night,” said John Deeth, a Democratic activist and blogger from Iowa City. “He’s out of the asterisk zone.”

Deeth keeps tabs on the movings and shakings of Iowa politics by penning johndeeth.com, a major source for Democratic activity in the state.

The second presidential primary debate at Drake University’s intimate Sheslow Auditorium provided O’Malley with fertile debating grounds, experts noted.

Deeth and several others interviewed by The Daily Iowan said Saturday was the first time where O’Malley was able to show Iowans and the nation that he is a “plausible candidate for far-left undecided Democrats.”

“It seemed like every time it came back to O’Malley, he did what he needed to do to score points,” noted Tim Tracey, co-chairman of the Carroll County Democratic Party.

Black Hawk County Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Sass had just one word to describe O’Malley’s appearance: fantastic.'


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