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Martin O’Malley to attend King Day at the Dome, host SC justice forum

AP

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will attend the King Day at the Dome march and rally next Monday, his campaign said.

O’Malley is the first 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful to confirm plans to attend the day’s events. O’Malley will speak at the S.C. State House rally, said Tyler Jones, the campaign’s state director.

In past years, the event has drawn thousands of people to the capitol grounds, including, in 2008, Democratic presidential hopefuls then-U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

The holiday events will top off a weekend of Democratic presidential campaigning in the Palmetto State.

O’Malley will hold a forum on equal opportunity and justice in Columbia on Saturday, the day before Democratic presidential candidates debate in Charleston.

The forum will be held at the historically black Benedict College. On Point host Cynthia Hardy will moderate the forum.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor has tried to make criminal justice changes passed under his leadership a central part of his campaign.

O’Malley is in third place with 2.5 percent support in the S.C. Democratic presidential primary, according to a Real Clear Politics average of polls.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads among S.C. Democrats with 66 percent support, followed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 26 percent. The latest poll of S.C. Democratic presidential primary voters was mid-December.

If you go

What: Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley forum on equal opportunity and justice

When: Noon, Saturday

Where: Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Building at Benedict College, 111 Doctors Circle

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