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Keith Ellison, the progressive congressman and deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, is exploring a run for Minnesota attorney general, according to four people he's discussed the possibility with.

Lori Swanson, the current attorney general, is expected to run for governor, leaving the race open.

With his active organizing and fundraising base — amplified through his close alliance with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — Ellison would likely scramble a field of lesser known candidates that's begun to take shape.

Ellison did not respond to efforts to reach him directly, and a spokesman declined comment.


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