Ellison says he'd increase voter turnout as DNC chair

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says he is the best candidate to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC) because he could increase voter turnout in areas that help Democrats win elections. 

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"We need to turn out the vote, and I'm actually pretty good at it," Ellison said on CNN Monday. 

"I believe by getting out the vote in Milwaukee, Detroit, Flint and the suburbs of Philly, we could have changed this whole election." 

Ellison, a six-term congressman, is running to be chairman of the DNC. His candidacy is backed by prominent figures and party leaders, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFilibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple MORE (D-Mass.) and incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE (D-N.Y.). 

Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison are also running for the post.

Ellison told CNN that he is the best candidate to take the party in a new direction. 

"The real problem for Democrats is we've got to help people believe, and then we've got to deliver the message to them," he said. 

"Believe what? That we are absolutely, unshakably on their side, and we're going to fight for them every single minute." 

He added that middle-class workers are "really super nervous" about their futures" and "they need somebody who cares." 

"We also in the Democratic Party have to strengthen the glass roots. Power should be concentrated in the field, not in D.C.