Keith Ellison

Another End-of-the-Year Winners & Losers Column
From Trump to Beto to the Red Sox, it has been, well, another year

President Donald Trump provided much fodder for Stu Rothenberg's annual end of the year winners and losers column. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Well, it’s time for another of my end-of-the-year winners and losers columns. I’ve titled it “Another End-of-the-Year Winners & Losers Column” just so you don’t miss the point.

As I have often done in the past, I’ll offer up a category with some nominees. Then I’ll give you my winner. If you disagree, please send your complaints to Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections or Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report. Just don’t send them to me.

Women Elected at Historic Levels, But No Surprise Here: White Men Dominate 116th Congress
Number of veterans down

A record number of women will be heading to Congress and there will be more minority lawmakers, but white men will still make up most of Congress. Above, supporters celebrate Jennifer Wexton's victory in Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The 116th Congress is on track to be one of the most diverse in history, but the legislature will still be overwhelmingly white and male compared to the overall U.S. population. Historic numbers of women won seats in the midterm contests, but the number of veterans is likely to fall or stay flat. 

At least 96 women running for the House have won their races, shattering the previous record of 84 women in the House. Eighty-three of the women who won were Democrats.

Meet the History-Makers of the 116th Congress
In a banner year for candidate diversity, election night witnesses a few firsts

Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American elected to the House from Massachusetts. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images file photo)

Updated Sunday, 3:18 p.m. | Diversity has been a hallmark of the 2018 midterm elections, which have seen a record number of women, minorities and first-time candidates running for office. 

Here are some of the history-makers from election night. 

Rep. Keith Ellison Trailing in New Poll for Minnesota Attorney General
Minnesota Dem fighting against domestic abuse claim from ex-girlfriend

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., trailed by 7 points in a new poll for the Minnesota attorney general race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison has fallen behind Republican Doug Wardlow in the race for Minnesota attorney general, a new poll released this week showed.

Wardlow flipped the race on its head, pacing Ellison by 7 points, 43 percent to 36 percent, according to the Star Tribune/MPR News poll conducted as the discussion surrounding an allegation of domestic abuse levied against Ellison by his ex-girlfriend heightened over the last month.

Jason Lewis Campaign Calls Release of Talk Show Tapes a ‘Hit Job’
CNN resurfaces more controversial comments Minnesota Republican made on talk show

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis is running for a second term in the 2nd District and faces Democrat Angie Craig again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Among those who weren’t surprised that old comments from Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis’ radio talk show days were published by CNN on Friday?

The freshman Republican congressman.

At the Races: The 10 Most Vulnerable Incumbents
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Keith Ellison Called Ex-Girlfriend a ‘Bitch’ Once — That’s It, He Says
Ellison considering stepping down from DNC to focus on attorney general race

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied that he physically or emotionally abused his former girlfriend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Keith Ellison admitted that he once called his ex-girlfriend a “bitch” during an argument about finances in 2013 — but that’s it, according to a report compiled by outside investigator Susan Ellingstad.

Ellingstad was hired by the Minnesota Democratic party in August to investigate claims from Ellison’s former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, that he physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship.

Police Stuck on Keith Ellison Abuse Case Until Accuser Files Report
Independent lawyer hired by Dems concludes claim is ‘unsubstantiated’

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied allegations that he emotionally or physically abused his ex-girlfriend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Local Minnesota law enforcement cannot initiate an investigation into a claim of domestic abuse levied against Rep. Keith Ellison until his accuser and former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, files a report, officials made clear Tuesday.

The Minnesota Democratic party is handing over to authorities the final report for its own internal investigation into Monahan’s allegation that Ellison physically and emotionally abused her while they were dating in 2016, chairman party Ken Martin announced Monday.

Keith Ellison Calls for House Ethics Investigation Into Allegations Against Him
“I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Minnesota Democrat says

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is calling for a House Ethics investigation into domestic abuse allegations against him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Keith Ellison is calling for a House Ethics Committee inquiry into allegations of abuse against him made by a former girlfriend.

“I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement Wednesday.

Minnesota Democrats Near Issuing Report on Ellison Investigation
Ellison is running forstate attorney general this November

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is close to issuing its report on its investigation into abuse claims against Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said investigators have concluded their investigation into abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison by his former girlfriend, and it will issue its final report soon.

“I’m starting to get a little frustrated because it’s been a long time now, almost two months,” Ken Martin told The Associated Press. “I hope soon. I hope any day here.”