Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has failed to gain a meaningful amount of traction with the electorate in his increasingly quixotic quest for the Democratic nomination for president. But what has left him uncertified even as a write-in candidate in Ohio appears to have been a simple failure to meet a deadline.

As CBS News reports, the state received O’Malley’s Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate in Ohio’s Democratic primary at 8:01 a.m. Tuesday. The deadline was Monday afternoon.

Adding insult to injury, the Ohio Secretary of State’s general noted in a letter to O’Malley’s campaign that even if the Declaration had been timely received, it likely would have been challenged for failing to comply with the Ohio Democratic Party’s Presidential Delegate Selection Plan.”

O’Malley was previously disqualified from being a ballot candidate in Ohio after failing to turn in enough valid signatures.