What the First Democratic Cattle Call Reveals About the State of the Presidential Race

As all five Democrats shared the same stage for the first time this campaign season, some candidates fared better than others.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, pauses while speaking during the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Celebration dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., on Friday, July 17, 2015.

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Hours before the first face-off of the Democratic presidential campaign, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley stood in the far left corner of the White Star Ale House, a sleek bar in downtown Cedar Rapids, greeting a line of voters, some committed, others not so much.

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