Keith Ellison’s Bid for Minnesota AG Falls Behind
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) has fallen behind his GOP opponent in the race for Minnesota Attorney General. According to the Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota poll, Republic opponent Doug Wardlow now leads Ellison 43% to 36% and about one in six likely voters remain undecided. Ellison had previously led his opponent by five points, but that support has deteriorated as allegations of abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, continued to permeate the news cycles. Despite the Congressman’s repeated denials and an investigation by Minnesota’s DFL Party which could not substantiate the allegations, the poll found that 30% of its respondents said they believe the allegation of physical abuse against Ellison, a nine-point rise since September. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they did not believe the allegations and 49% remained unsure. Thirty-five percent said they viewed Ellison unfavorably. The Minnesota State Court of Appeals also unsealed his divorce records, which he had fought to keep private, and they revealed his ex-wife’s battle with depression and struggles with multiple sclerosis, as well as allegations she physically abused Ellison. The airing of the Congressman’s personal business has clearly had an impact at the polls, which could lead to the first Republican Attorney General in Minnesota in nearly 50 years. More here.