Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary amid late domestic violence allegations

Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary amid late domestic violence allegations
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Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonRepublican lawmakers say Minnesota mask order violates state law against hiding identity Vermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism Is Ilhan Omar one and done? Why she could lose the August primary MORE (D-Minn.) is projected to win the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general in a race that was marked by late-breaking allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend, which he denied.

Ellison defeated four Democrats running in the primary to replace Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, a Democrat who’s running for governor, The Associated Press reported. He won 54 percent of the vote.

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The congressman and vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had been considered the front-runner when he announced in June that he’d leave Congress to run for attorney general.

But the race was upended after the son of Ellison's ex-girlfriend posted on Facebook that he watched a video in which Ellison dragged his mother, Karen, off a bed and shouted profanities at her. Karen Monahan appeared to back up her son’s account, tweeting that Ellison knows "you did that to me."

However, Ellison has denied the accusations, saying that the video doesn’t exist because the incident never occurred.

Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006 and is one of the most progressive members in the Democratic caucus. He made a bid to head the DNC but lost to Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE last year, though he was later tapped by the former secretary of Labor to be the deputy chairman of the organization.

Ellison endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, and the senator in turn campaigned for the Congressman last month.

The DNC official will face former state Rep. Doug Wardlow (R) in the fall.