Primaries in Connecticut, Vermont, Minnesota and Wisconsin — updates
Were watching primary results tonight in four states Minnesota Wisconsin Connecticut and Vermont a. Campaign in Minnesota has been rocked in recent days with allegations, of domestic violence against congressman Keith, Ellison, whether he wins or loses the primary for state attorney. General those questions could persist since. He's also a leader in the, Democratic National Committee with more on that another primaries being decided tonight we're joined by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro welcome to the studio hey there there are a lot of, racist to sort through we're going to start in Minnesota and. With those allegations, against Ellison what more, have you learned Well we know here is the son of former? Ellison of a former Ellison girlfriend wrote a Facebook post three days ago saying that he, has seen a video showing Ellison dragging his mother off the. Bed by her feet yelling and cursing at her to get out. Of the house the former girlfriend Karen Monaghan. Has tweeted that everything, her son said. Is true but she's so far declined to release the video because she said it's humiliating and traumatizing Ellison himself is not only, a congressman, but vice chairman. Of the Democratic National Committee he vehemently denies the allegations he confirmed in a statement that he had a, long term relationship with Monaghan but that the video does not. Exist he said because I never behave this way and any characterization otherwise is false what has the DNC. Said so far about these allegations I reached out to the, DNC this afternoon and they got, back, to me and said these allegations recently came to light. And we are reviewing them all. Allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing, and should be taken seriously Now that. Came, after I spoke with the former communications director at the DNC Luis Miranda. Who told me quote the party has no choice but to suspend him at a minimum until, they figure out what's going on frankly it would, be malpractice he said not to we've made it clear we're. Going to take, these accusations seriously at a minimum is what that would say, and he said that we set too high a standard not to take the seriously and look this reflects a lot of what, I've heard from democratic strategists this afternoon who. Said that they think these. Allegations have to be taken seriously but that some in the party have actually, grown a little bit skittish after the. Response to, Senator Al Franken who was let go and some people didn't feel. Within the party that he was treated fairly on the? Republican side of things where are they trying opportunities to make gains right well this has, been a year where we've talked a lot about potential democratic. Gains but tonight we'll set up potentially competitive governor's races in Minnesota And Connecticut Republicans think they have a shot in both of those states and there are. Two, house seats in Minnesota where the Democrats have decided to seek other office rather than face reelection Trump we should, point out one those districts, in two thousand sixteen which has showed that Minnesota is trending Republican overall much. More, so in recent elections. Trump only, lost the, state by two points.