Saturday, October 13, 2018
Minnesota Democrats are worried that allegations of domestic abuse made by a former girlfriend of Rep. Keith Ellison (D) could be a drag on his chances of winning the state's attorney general's office, a post Democrats have held for almost half a century. The allegations have taken a toll, and the race between Ellison and former state Rep. Doug Wardlow (R) is neck and neck.
A recent Star Ledger poll showed more voters, 31 percent, said they had an unfavorable impression of Ellison than those who said they had a favorable impression at 20 percent. Republicans have castigated Democrats after most Democratic officials declined to ask Ellison to step down, either as the Democratic nominee or from his post as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee -- especially in the wake of sexual misconduct claims made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings last month.
The National Organization for Women has called for Ellison to end his campaign.
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