Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley waits to speak to advocates of stricter gun control laws as they rally at the Maryland State House on March 1, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. Earlier this week, the Maryland Senate passed a gun control bill, which if passed in the House of Delegates, would require a license to purchase a handgun, ban the sale of assault-style rifles and limit magazine size, among other provisions.Getty Images

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Q: Which potential 2016 presidential contender was damaged the most by the 2014 midterms?

DEMOCRATS (82)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Martin O'Malley: 40%Joe Biden: 25%Ted Cruz: 11%Hillary Clinton: 5%Andrew Cuomo: 5%Elizabeth Warren: 5%Chris Christie: 4%Jeb Bush: 2%Marco Rubio: 2%Rand Paul: 1% John Kasich: 0% Scott Walker: 0%

Martin O'Malley

"It's over for O'Malley, and it hadn't even gotten off the ground."

"His handpicked successor coasted to defeat in one of the bluest of blue states while O'Malley was off gallivanting around the country. For the moment, he looks utterly ridiculous."

Joe Biden

"God love Joe, but there is no better representation of an Obama third term than him. Slap some butter on him—he's toast."

Ted Cruz

"McConnell's in charge, and there will soon be a come-to-Jesus meeting putting Cruz in his place."

Hillary Clinton

"There is no way Hillary Clinton can feel good about where she sits now.

Andrew Cuomo

"He was not a real candidate before and is now damaged on the left, right, and center. The great chess player got checkmated by his own actions."

Elizabeth Warren

"There is a limit to the progressive-warrior movement. It's a losing platform nationally."

Chris Christie

"Once seen as a contender, now seen as a bully and a screamer."

Q: Which potential 2016 presidential contender was damaged the most by the 2014 midterms?

REPUBLICANS (87)

Hillary Clinton: 32%Martin O'Malley: 32%Joe Biden: 15%Ted Cruz: 9%Andrew Cuomo: 4%Jeb Bush: 3%Scott Walker: 2%Rand Paul: 1%Marco Rubio: 1%Elizabeth Warren: 1%Chris Christie: 0%John Kasich: 0%

Hillary Clinton

"Her help was costly and distracting—and ultimately helped almost nobody. The bloom is off that rose."

"The results highlighted her lack of sparkle or inspiration. She is an old tire with a slow leak."

Martin O'Malley

"Maryland's rejection of the Democrats takes O'Malley down three notches."

"Losing a safe governorship for your protégé is a bad start."

Joe Biden

"He's linked to Obama forever."

Ted Cruz

"His favored candidates lost statewide races everywhere, which shows the limits of his brand of confrontational conservatism."

Andrew Cuomo

"Brutal press war mars his win and drops him out of any contention, if he were ever in contention."

Jeb Bush

"Jeb's fiddling, poorly rolled out ideas, and haphazard campaigning sowed more confusion thanexcitement for Bush 45. Conservatives think they can win with Walker or Paul and won't be forced to settle for a moderate candidate."

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Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

Q: Which potential 2016 presidential contender was damaged the most by the 2014 midterms?

DEMOCRATS (82)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Martin O'Malley: 40%Joe Biden: 25%Ted Cruz: 11%Hillary Clinton: 5%Andrew Cuomo: 5%Elizabeth Warren: 5%Chris Christie: 4%Jeb Bush: 2%Marco Rubio: 2%Rand Paul: 1% John Kasich: 0% Scott Walker: 0%

Martin O'Malley

"It's over for O'Malley, and it hadn't even gotten off the ground."

"His handpicked successor coasted to defeat in one of the bluest of blue states while O'Malley was off gallivanting around the country. For the moment, he looks utterly ridiculous."

Joe Biden

"God love Joe, but there is no better representation of an Obama third term than him. Slap some butter on him—he's toast."

Ted Cruz

"McConnell's in charge, and there will soon be a come-to-Jesus meeting putting Cruz in his place."

Hillary Clinton

"There is no way Hillary Clinton can feel good about where she sits now.

Andrew Cuomo

"He was not a real candidate before and is now damaged on the left, right, and center. The great chess player got checkmated by his own actions."

Elizabeth Warren

"There is a limit to the progressive-warrior movement. It's a losing platform nationally."

Chris Christie

"Once seen as a contender, now seen as a bully and a screamer."

Q: Which potential 2016 presidential contender was damaged the most by the 2014 midterms?

REPUBLICANS (87)

Hillary Clinton: 32%Martin O'Malley: 32%Joe Biden: 15%Ted Cruz: 9%Andrew Cuomo: 4%Jeb Bush: 3%Scott Walker: 2%Rand Paul: 1%Marco Rubio: 1%Elizabeth Warren: 1%Chris Christie: 0%John Kasich: 0%

Hillary Clinton

"Her help was costly and distracting—and ultimately helped almost nobody. The bloom is off that rose."

"The results highlighted her lack of sparkle or inspiration. She is an old tire with a slow leak."

Martin O'Malley

"Maryland's rejection of the Democrats takes O'Malley down three notches."

"Losing a safe governorship for your protégé is a bad start."

Joe Biden

"He's linked to Obama forever."

Ted Cruz

"His favored candidates lost statewide races everywhere, which shows the limits of his brand of confrontational conservatism."

Andrew Cuomo

"Brutal press war mars his win and drops him out of any contention, if he were ever in contention."

Jeb Bush

"Jeb's fiddling, poorly rolled out ideas, and haphazard campaigning sowed more confusion thanexcitement for Bush 45. Conservatives think they can win with Walker or Paul and won't be forced to settle for a moderate candidate."

. . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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