Reid endorses Ellison for DNC chief
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSteyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong The Hill's Morning Report - House Democrats clash over next steps at border Democrats look to demonize GOP leader 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.

“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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE’s shocking victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm 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 SandersWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Sanders slams decision not to charge officer who killed Eric Garner Cardi B says voters let Bernie Sanders down 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 SchumerNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Charities say they never received donations touted by Jeffrey Epstein: report Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence 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.