U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, seeking the top spot in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, was elected co-chair Wednesday night along with Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
The Minnesota Democrat, currently vice chair, was running against Grijalva and Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards. The caucus currently has two co-chairs, including Grijalva, but one option was whether to keep that system or elect a single chair.
Ellison spokesman Tim Schumann told Hot Dish previously that Ellison is fine with the caucus having either one or two leaders. It decided to go with two: Ellison and Grijalva.
From Jeremy Herb’s last post on the race:
While Democrats on the whole were decimated in the House on Nov. 2, the Progressive Caucus, considered the liberal wing of the House, saw few members voted out. As a result, Progressive Caucus members will constitute a higher percentage of total House Democrats next year, giving the group a larger voice for shaping Democratic strategies in the lower chamber.
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