Keith Ellison’s lead in Minnesota AG race disappearing as domestic abuse allegations linger

Breck Dumas

The most recent polls show Minnesota’s attorney general race is a toss-up, as domestic abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) continue to nag the candidate.

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In one poll from last month, Ellison and his opponent Doug Wardlow (R) were shown to be in a dead heat, each with 41 percent among likely voters. A second poll conducted by the Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota also showed Ellison at 41 percent with a slight lead over Wardlow, who was at 31 percent.

But 18 percent of respondents in the Star Tribune poll said they were still undecided, and 57 percent were unsure whether or not to believe the abuse allegations made by Ellison’s former girlfriend, Karen Monahan.

Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor party hired an attorney to investigate the accusations made by Monahan, who claims to have video evidence of an instance during her relationship with Ellison where the congressman dragged her off a bed while yelling obscenities at her. The lawyer hired by the DFL concluded that Monahan’s claims could not be corroborated, because she did not provide footage of the alleged event.

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