Primary Tuesday Will Tell if Accusations Against Ellison are Damaging

August 13, 2018 07:57 PM

Ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan is accusing Congressman Keith Ellison of physical and emotional abuse during their relationship. Ellison, considered to be the leading DFL candidate for Minnesota Attorney General, denies the allegations.

Tuesday will tell which version the voters believe.

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However, some of the election is already decided. 

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, as of Monday morning 117,363 absentee/early votes have been returned to election officials across the state. Voters are not allowed to change or cancel their ballots less than a week before the election.

But there are more than 3.2 million registered voters in Minnesota, and even more still could register at the polls Tuesday.

"I think they will have an impact on the primary," said Political Science Professor Steven Schier of Carlton College.

Schier predicts this controversy will matter to voters, especially when you consider primary voters can be different than those who vote in the general election.

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"The impact is important in terms of the audience. The audience are Democrats who are base voters and they are sympathetic to feminist concerns like the 'Me Too' movement, and this is exactly the sort of issue that will hit them in a significant way," he said.

Ellison did not make any public campaign appearance Monday.

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