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Ellison Survives Abuse Claims to Become Minnesota AG

Rep. Keith Ellison has been elected Minnesota attorney general, surviving an ex-girlfriend's accusation of domestic abuse. Rep. Keith Ellison has been elected Minnesota attorney general, surviving an ex-girlfriend's accusation of domestic abuse. |  Photo: U.S. House of Representatives

STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
Updated: November 07, 2018 11:05 AM

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison survived an ex-girlfriend's abuse claim to become Minnesota's next attorney general.

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The allegation put the office in play for the GOP for the first time in half a century. But Ellison defeated Republican Doug Wardlow, a virtual unknown who would have been a heavy underdog but for the abuse claim. Wardlow was a lawyer for a conservative Christian legal advocacy group.

Ellison says the race was "the challenge of a lifetime." He says he has nothing to add to his previous denials of the abuse allegations.

He rose to national prominence as the first Muslim elected to Congress and last year became deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

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