Ever since Hillary Clinton‘s defeat at the hands of President-Elect Donald Trump, the Democratic Party has fallen into a state of disarray and panic. The election has prompted calls for new leadership, and as a popular progressive who recognized Trump’s chances of victory early on, Ellison was quickly pegged as a potential candidate for the party’s chair.
“Democrats win when we harness the power of everyday people and fight for the issues they care about,” Ellison said in a statement released on Monday. “If given the opportunity to serve, I will work tirelessly to make the Democratic Party an organization that brings us together and advances an agenda that improves people’s lives.”
— Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) November 14, 2016
Ellison’s candidacy has already received support from some of the most influential figures on the Left. These include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, and outgoing Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.
Ellison will have to contend with Howard Dean, who has announced that he will run to regain his old position.
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