After Close Race, Perez Is Elected DNC Chair

But another candidate cautioned against focusing too much energy on Trump.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, dropped out of the race Saturday just ahead of the first round of voting.

Perez also warned that Democrats must reform their party's presidential primary system, which he said has created "a crisis of confidence" because of its lack of transparency. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. He has been chosen to bear the responsibility of rebuilding and uniting the still-divided party.

"No, Donald Trump, you can't go to Staples and buy anti-Russian hacking software", she said, urging Congress to investigate whether Russians hacked the Republican National Committee. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair Clinton: Dems will be "strong, unified" with Perez MORE (I-Vt.) and his allies backed Ellison.

"Unity is essential", Mr. Ellison said.

Over a series of public forums, the final one broadcast on CNN this week, Ellison and Perez declined to criticize each other. Like, they're not the person running for president. Buttigieg used his nomination speech to quit the race, endorsing no candidate.

Perez was one vote shy after the first ballot held Saturday, but received enough support in the second to become the first Latino chairman of the Democratic Party's governing body.

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It could turn other contenders - especially Harrison, Buttigieg and Idaho Democratic Party executive director Sally Boynton Brown - into kingmakers.

Early on it seemed that party leaders were willing to make concessions to the dismayed Sanders supporters after the sweeping defeats in November. "He knows that we can't just organize at a church every fourth October, we must organize 12 months a year", said Iris Martinez, the chair of the DNC's Hispanic Caucus.

Now that the DNC has a new chair, Perez noted now is the time to get to work. In the end, several DNC members said that they were convinced Perez was better prepared to give state parties what they needed.

"My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party", Dershowitz, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, wrote in "The Hill" newspaper. That was smart. He wasn't likely to come close to either Perez or Ellison, and that might have slowed the momentum and buzz he clearly built in the race.

Ellison told voting members he has signatures from 750,000 rank-and-file Democrats who support his chairmanship bid.

The tight race between Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, marks the first heavily contested battle to run the organization in recent history. But in the run-up to the election, Ellison was marred by accusations of anti-Semitism over his reported ties to the Nation of Islam while in law school, with some high-profile members threatening defection if Ellison were elected.


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