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The race for DNC Chair: Ellison vs Perez and more




U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) speaks during a news conference in front of the Capitol February 1, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) speaks during a news conference in front of the Capitol February 1, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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This weekend, the Democratic National Committee heads to Atlanta, Georgia, to choose their next leader.

According to The Hill’s latest survey of DNC members, early front-runner Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) still leads over his main opponent, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez. But a Saturday win for the 240-threshold out of 447 voting members is expected to be a messy victory.

The decision comes at a time when the DNC’s pipeline of candidates are essentially running on identical platforms, yet backed by strongly-opposed factions within the party. Ellison has the most Congressional support, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vmt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, while Perez has won the endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden and is a favorite among the big labor unions.

Other names catching voter attention include Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg - who has an impressive backing of five former DNC Chairs - South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton-Brown and former FOX News analyst Jehmu Greene.

Donna Brazile has served as DNC interim chair following the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) last July. Host Larry Mantle speaks to reporter Gabriel Debenedetti at POLITICO, who has been following the race closely, about the candidates, political implications surrounding their support and what to expect over the weekend.

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Gabriel Debenedetti, national political reporter at POLITICO; he tweets @gdebenedetti