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Democrat Keith Ellison wins Minnesota AG primary days after abuse allegations surface

Democratic rep. Keith Ellison won with a victory on Tuesday night in the Minnesota primary race for the state attorney General days after domestic violence allegations against him surfaced.

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Democratic rep. Keith Ellison won with a victory on Tuesday night in the Minnesota primary race for the state attorney General days after domestic violence allegations against him surfaced.

Ellison, who serves as Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is elected the first Muslim in Congress, was accused over the weekend of emotional and physical abuse by an ex-girlfriend.

Addressing the abuse allegations in his victory speech, Ellison said: “We had a very unexpected event at the end of this campaign, what happened. I would like to assure you that it is true.”

Ellison ran for the position against state Rep. Debra Hilstrom, the former Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley and attorney Matt Pelikan.

The abuse allegations against the Congressman first was on Saturday, as the son of Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, claimed on Facebook that he had read threatening text messages from the legislature. He also claimed to have observed a video in which Ellison Monahan out of bed and dragged by their feet.

ABUSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST TOP-OF-THE-KEITH ELLISON-ROCK MINNESOTA AS VOTERS HEAD TO POLLS IN KEY RACES

What my son said is true. Any statement that you know he was made true.@keithellison you did this to me. I have given every opportunity to get help and to heal. To say now, u r ready, that my son is lying, and have me lick more, more text and info that others believe him

— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 12, 2018

Monahan posted on Twitter a day later that the accusations “are not true.”

“Any statement he had made was true. @Keith Ellison, you know, you got me,” she tweeted.

Ellison did not respond to the allegations and insisted that the video is non-existent and he “behaved.”

Ellison has long been a leader in the Democratic party.

The divorced 54-year-old is a six-term Congressman, was Vice-Chairman of the DNC last year after a fall just before the top job. He was a rush among the candidates to file for Minnesota attorney general’s office after the incumbent, Lori Swanson made a late decision to run for Governor.

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To fight back, the Minnesota candidate has promised, against the policies of President Trump management, he argued, were people hurt. He said he has to protect ObamaCare and restore network neutrality rules.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Fox News, Gregg Re, Robert Gearty, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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