Current Democratic National Committee Vice Chair, and Minnesota Congressman, Keith Ellison is running for Minnesota Attorney General.

He was considered a clear favorite, and expected to coast to victory.

But not so fast.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that a recent MPR News/Star Tribune poll has Ellison down 7 points:

Republican Doug Wardlow is leading Democrat Keith Ellison by 7 points in the race for attorney general, according to the latest MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll — a significant reversal from the last round of polling in mid-September.

Of 800 likely voters polled last week, 43 percent said they preferred Wardlow, an attorney and one-time state legislator, while 36 percent said they support Ellison, who has served the 5th District in Congress for the last 12 years; 16 percent said they were undecided in the race, a 2-point drop from the earlier poll.

In September, Ellison held a 5-point lead over Wardlow.

Wardlow remains relatively unknown to voters — 56 percent of those polled said they don’t recognize his name. Eight in 10 voters said they recognized Ellison’s name, but more said they had an unfavorable opinion of him than Wardlow.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/10/22/wardlow-ellison-minnesota-attorney-general-race-poll

The Star-Tribune notes that allegations that Ellison abused his ex-girlfriend appear to factor in to the 12-point swing since early September:

Wardlow now leads by 7 percentage points, at 43 percent to 36 percent for Ellison, just a month after the Democrat held a 5-point edge in a September Minnesota Poll. The switch follows a turbulent period for the Ellison campaign, as he has navigated the political fallout of his former girlfriend’s allegation that he abused her in 2016, a claim he denies.

About one in six poll participants said they had not made up their minds about who to support. Republicans appear to be falling in line behind Wardlow, but an increasing number of Democrats were undecided about who to back compared to September.

The poll, which has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, included interviews with 800 likely voters and was conducted Oct. 15-17. That means it was primarily conducted just before the public release of Ellison’s divorce file on Oct. 17, which did not include any claims he abused his ex-wife.

Voters in Hennepin and Ramsey counties preferred Ellison in the new poll, but Wardlow was ahead in every other part of the state….

Nearly half of the poll participants said they were not sure whether they believe what [former girlfriend, Karen] Monahan said. Just less than a third said they did believe her, up from a month ago, while about a fifth did not believe her. About half of Republicans said they believe Monahan, compared with 13 percent of Democrats and a third of independent voters.

Monahan described the alleged abuse to CBS News:

“He looked at me, goes ‘Hey you f***ing hear me … and then he looked at me, he goes ‘Bitch, get the f*** out of my house,’ and he started to try to drag me off the bed,” Monahan said. “That’s when I put my camera on to video him.”

The Monahan accusations put Democrats in a #MeToo dilemma, #MeToo Hypocrisy: Dems and media look other way as Keith Ellison says his accuser fabricated claims.

If Ellison loses, it would spell the end of his political career, and that would be a good thing.

As we documented extensively, Ellison lied about his deep involvement with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.

In February 2018, I wrote about Keith Ellison’s Farrakhan addiction:

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is a darling of the progressive movement, which pushed hard for him to be Chair of the Democratic National Committee. But Ellison had to settle for Vice Chair.

An issue that has dogged Ellison his entire political career was his relationship to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam for a decade or more ending in the late 1990s.

Ellison once wrote under the names Keith Hakim, Keith X Ellison and Keith Ellison-Muhammad, and supported and defended the Nation of Islam even as Farrakhan was excoriated in mainstream politics for his anti-Semitism and anti-white racism.

When Ellison ran for Congress in 2006, he disavowed Farrakhan, and downplayed his own role in the Nation of Islam. The Power Line Keith Ellison Archive is a must read. Keith Ellison for Dummies, in particular, has the timeline of Ellison’s career with documents, and his strategic 2006 apology to the Jewish community.

We covered Ellison’s prevarications on Farrakhan in numerous posts:

But even in all those posts, we just assumed Ellison gave up his Farrakhan addiction sometime in the late 1990s, and the rest of his political career was running from that history.

But Jeryl Bier writes at The Wall Street Journal that in 2013 and 2016 Ellison met with Farrakhan, Keith Ellison, Louis Farrakhan and Iran…

http://politics.mn/2006/09/29/mde-exclusive-picture-of-ellison-distributing-nation-of-islam-newspaper-in-1998/

Ellison also has become the go-to congressman for anti-Israel groups, as we covered in these posts:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1053692571385369/

Hopefully Minnesota voters will put Keith Ellison out to political pasture.

Good riddance. Maybe Linda Sarsour will give him a job.