How the candidates for DNC chair stack up ahead of Saturday's vote

How the candidates for DNC chair stack up ahead of Saturday's vote
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Democrats will vote Saturday to elect their new party chair—and they’ll keep voting until they get one.

No one expects a winner to be determined on the first ballot in Atlanta, and some observers think as many as four, five or even six ballots will be required to decide the race. 

A candidate needs to win a majority of Democratic National Committee’s 447 members, with the lowest-scoring candidates axed one-by-one after the second round. 

Here’s a breakdown of the top candidates ahead of the pivotal vote. 

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

As former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump averages highest approval rating of his presidency in second quarter: Gallup The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE’s Labor Department secretary and a top official at the Justice Department before that, Perez played a major role in the administration’s domestic agenda on issues like the minimum wage and voting rights protection.  


His ties to both Obama and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE—he made the Democratic presidential nominee’s short list for vice president—made him the favorite among the more establishment wing of the party. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time MORE and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The old 'state rights' and the new state power The Hill's Morning Report — Harris brings her A game to Miami debate MORE have thrown their support behind their former colleague, as did high-ranking House Democrat Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (Md.). 

Earlier this month, Perez claimed support from 180 DNC members. But aides would not release names of his supporters, arguing that they wanted to keep the members free from badgering in the days before the vote. 

Perez’s bid got a late boost Thursday when South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison dropped his bid and endorsed Perez. But it remains to be seen whether Harrison’s supporters can help Perez lock up the win. 

Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE

Ellison jumped into the race as the instant frontrunner, positioning himself to carry the baton of the left-wing movement that spawned from the failed presidential bid of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.).

The Minnesota congressman leads the pack in public support from DNC members. He also made quick work after entering the race of winning a slew of high-profile endorsements from Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democratic Houston councilwoman announces Senate bid MORE and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US MORE.  

Most recently, he won the backing of another former DNC rival, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, who dropped out last weekend. 

The first Muslim elected to Congress, Ellison helps lead the Congressional Progressive Caucus and emerged as one of Sanders’ top surrogates on both the campaign trail and the DNC platform committee. That made him into a darling of Sanders supporters and allies, who have gone all in on his campaign. 

But that support, along with Perez’s backing from the Obama and Clinton orbit, has hardened battle lines among Democrats who see the race as a continuation of the 2016 primary fight. 

Sally Boynton Brown

One of the two female candidates in the race, Boynton Brown cut her teeth as a member of the Idaho Democratic Party. 

The state’s executive director, she’s playing up her red-state experience in the wake of the party’s weak showing in battleground states and calling for a more collaborative party organization. 

She’s one of the handful of candidates touting an outside-the-Beltway background, but lacks the national profile of her other rivals. 

Pete Buttigieg

The mayor of South Bend, Ind. is getting buzz as a potential compromise candidate for the Ellison and Perez factions. 

The youngest candidate in the race at 35-years-old, Buttigieg is a red-state mayor, former Rhodes scholar and Naval veteran who has earned buzz as a rising star within the party. 

He’s won support from a handful of former DNC chairs, including Howard Dean, who see him as a way to mollify both competing factions within the party. But he doesn’t have the national or state party experience of some of his competitors. 

Jehmu Greene

The former Fox News analyst is known for her spirited defense of the party on the conservative network, but she’s also a product of the DNC. 

Greene worked for the party in various roles earlier on in her career, including as the Southern political director and plays up her grassroots organizing experience. 

But most Democrats don’t see Greene as a top contender. She hasn’t released any endorsements from DNC members, while The Hill’s survey uncovered no first-choice votes and only one second-choice vote for her. 

Sam Ronan and Peter Peckarsky

The final two candidates on the ballot, Ronan and Peckarsky aren’t expected to win any votes at Saturday’s elections. Ronan is an Air Force veteran who has blasted the party’s handling of the 2016 primary, while Peckarsky is a Wisconsin lawyer focused on protecting voting rights.