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Keith Ellison Resigns From DNC

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Keith Ellison resigned as the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Friday, after winning his race for attorney general of Minnesota, despite allegations of sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend.

“Keith’s decision means Minnesotans will have a full-time champion fighting for affordable health care, a fair economy, and opportunity for all,” DNC chair Tom Perez wrote in an email, according to The Washington Examiner. “His tireless service as deputy chair enabled us to make substantial progress in rebuilding our party and rebuilding trust with our grassroots.”

The news also comes as Ellison defeated his Republican challenger Doug Wardlow in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Ellison maintained a steady lead throughout his campaign, but his lead shrank as he faced sexual abuse allegations from his ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan. Monahan claims Ellison physically and emotionally abused her. (RELATED: Keith Ellison Faces 12-Point Shift In Latest Poll)

DNC Chair, Tom Perez (L) and Deputy Chair and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) prepare to do a television interview in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Perez did not say who will take Ellison’s spot as deputy chairman in his letter.

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