Reid endorses Ellison for DNC chief
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidLobbying World Mitch McConnell is not invincible Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Nev.) says he supports making Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“My friend Keith Ellison is a terrific leader and a strong progressive who knows how to get things done,” he said Sunday, according to NBC News.

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“Now is the time for new thinking and a fresh start at the DNC,” the retiring lawmaker added. "Now is the time for Keith.”

Democrats are reeling from President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE’s shocking victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE last Tuesday. Some of the backlash following her defeat has been laid at the feet of the DNC, which was targeted by Wikileaks. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down as chairwoman earlier this summer after her emails were released, and interim Chairwoman Donna Brazile also landed in hot water, when emails showed she gave debate questions to the Clinton campaign ahead of time. 

Ellison has emerged as a top contender for the committee chairmanship following several major endorsements.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday backed Ellison, giving him support from Clinton’s biggest rival in the Democratic presidential primary.

Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (D-N.Y.), who is set to be the next Senate minority leader, followed suit the same day.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, has not formally launched a bid for the DNC chairmanship.

Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced he would run for the position again, after having previously held it from 2005-09.

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), meanwhile, on Friday said he is “taking a hard look” at a DNC bid after his unsuccessful White House run earlier this year.

Reports emerged Friday that Labor Secretary Tom Perez (D) is additionally eyeing the chairmanship.

Election night was big for the GOP across the board. Republicans kept their House and Senate majorities intact, meaning their party will dominate the executive and legislative branches under Trump.