Democratic National Chair candidate, Tom Perez, addresses the audience as the Democratic National Committee holds an election to choose their next chairperson at their winter meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Berry
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Members of the Democratic National Committee cheered wildly at their gathering in Atlanta Saturday, forgetting the competitive race that took two rounds of voting – unprecedented in recent memory for either major party. They picked Perez, a former labor secretary backed by former President Barack Obama, over Ellison, backed by liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.Reaction wasn't enthusiastic among the liberal groups that had embraced Sanders' presidential campaign and have intensified their efforts since the election of Republican President Donald Trump."We don't have the luxury of walking out of this room divided," Ellison said over the jeers. Afterward, he told reporters he trusts Perez and that the burgeoning resistance movement aimed at President Donald Trump should do the same.Perez and Ellison have both agreed to capitalize on the widespread opposition to Trump while rebuilding moribund state and local party organizations.Jeff Weaver, who managed Sanders' presidential campaign and now runs the offshoot Our Revolution group, said Perez and Ellison must prove themselves as a leadership duo.
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