Bernie Sanders endorses Ellison for attorney general

Published 8:00 pm Sunday, July 8, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has endorsed U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison for Minnesota attorney general and plans a pair of rallies in support.

Sanders said Ellison will be a “fighter for working people,” pointing to his experience in Congress and as a civil rights attorney before he was elected in 2006. Sanders announced plans Friday for events in Minneapolis and Duluth next week.

Ellison entered a crowded Democratic primary after incumbent Lori Swanson’s late shift to the governor’s race last month. State Rep. Debra Hilstrom, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Matt Pelikan are also running.

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Ellison has attracted key endorsements, including from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and several Democrats in the Legislature.

The primary election is Aug. 14.