The Wall Street Journal’s Reid Epstein has a good update on the state of the DNC chair race. (Keep in mind this story was written and published before Ray Buckley’s decision to drop out of the race and endorse Keith Ellison). Here are some highlights from the story:
- Despite Tom Perez’s email to DNC members saying he had secured the support of 180 members, the campaign could only provide the WSJ with the names of 34 members who had publicly endorsed him.
- Keith Ellison’s campaign provided the WSJ with a list of 56 DNC members who have publicly endorsed him.
- Key caveat: “Neither campaign agreed to reveal their list of private commitments.”
- DNC member endorsement counts for other candidates:
- Sally Boynton Brown: 5
- Ray Buckley: 8
- Pete Buttigieg: 6
- Jehmu Greene: 0
- Jaime Harrison: 9
- Sally Boynton Brown, as well as representatives from the Ellison and Perez campaigns, are in Laramie, Wyoming today for an event organized by state Democrats. None of Wyoming’s four DNC members has made a public endorsement in the race.
UPDATE: Since Buckley dropped out of the race, he is encouraging his supporters and the DNC members who endorsed him to get behind Ellison. The assumption is that they will do so, though they are free to get behind another candidate if they wish.