Democrat and Iraq war veteran Ashwin Madia got a boost today in his bid for a Minneapolis-area House seat, receiving the endorsement of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

Madia had started the primary race as an underdog to state Sen. Terri Bonoff. But he now leads Bonoff in Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) delegates, who usually determine the party's congressional nominees. The party believes it has a shot at taking the seat, now held by retiring Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.).

Ellison called Madia, 30, "one of the most dynamic young voices in our DFL Party."

"He has electrified the delegates in the Third District and rightly so," Ellison said in a release. "His compassionate, common-sense progressivism, coupled with his impressive credentials, and his energetic ability to inspire so many new people into political action have convinced me that Madia is the best choice as our DFL-endorsed candidate."