Democrats choose Tom Perez as party chairman

The race for DNC Chair: Ellison vs Perez and more

"After a soul-crushing 2016, the Democrats just chose Hillary Clinton 2.0 as the face of their party", said America Rising's Colin Reed, who also predicted that Perez would be incapable of "quelling" division in the party.

Former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez was voted chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after defeating Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison in a tight race Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

"I want to make this clear - this decision should not be viewed a "wing-vs-wing" fight and anyone who characterizes it as such is playing into the hands of those who benefit from perpetuating the idea that the Democratic Party is divided", Mancini said. He was elected chair at a gathering of 400 party insiders in Atlanta on Saturday.

Harrison, a charismatic young chairman from a red state, was in a battle for third place with South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttiegieg.

DOMENICO MONTANARO: Look, that has been the biggest problem for Democrats over the past decade, really kind of ignoring some of those low-level, down-ballot races and thinking that demography was such destiny that they would always win the presidency. Buttigieg used his nomination speech to quit the race, endorsing no candidate. Ellison, who had the support of distinguished progressives including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, John Lewis, and Chuck Schumer, trailed Perez with 200 votes in the second ballot round. Democrats are at a historic weak point, with little power in the U.S. Capitol and control of only a handful of state Legislatures across the nation. The GOP is one Senate confirmation fight away from a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

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Qamar Khan, a 26-year-old medical school student from Pakistan, said that as a Muslim he wanted to voice disagreement with Trump. A rally in downtown Los Angeles also drew thousands. "We are hoping the positiveness will come out and everyone will see this".

After being appointed Perez's deputy, Ellison asked his supporters to "give everything" in their backing of Perez. He promised to "convert them from demonstration energy to electoral energy". "The old guard, God bless them, they've got to go".

Ellison, backed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will be on with Jake Tapper. Perez, while still quite liberal, is not the lightning rod that Ellison would have been. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is at the meeting campaigning for Perez. "We don't get a second chance", De Blasio said.

Saturday's victor needs a majority of the DNC's 447 members.

For example, party officials expect about 70 or 75 members to be absent. Paper ballots were used instead. He's making history as the party's first Latino leader. Trump said in a tongue-in-cheek remark. "He can unite our entire party as one", Whaley said. She chided Trump for his mockery of DNC cybersecurity and his doubts that Russians are at fault. "We've got to take it to the real opposition, which is the Republicans", Buttigieg said in the debate. "I've known him since he was in his twenties", Dean said on a conference call with reporters.

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