Democrats Brace for Backlash as They Vote on New Party Chairman
ATLANTA — After a string of televised debates, four party-sponsored “future forums” and three months of person-to-person lobbying, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee is coming to an end — with a vote on Saturday that might leave Democrats with new divisions.
According to multiple campaigns, former labor secretary Thomas Perez has the largest share of the DNC’s 447 voting members ready to support him. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was running behind him. In the last week, both were endorsed by rivals who were seen to have a few dozen votes between them; before that, Perez claimed to be just 44 votes away from victory.
“We’re bringing that black and brown coalition together, y’all,” said South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison Friday morning during a Black History Month breakfast event where he reiterated his endorsement of Perez.