(THE HILL) — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is projected to win the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general in a race that was marked by late-breaking allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend, which he denied.

Ellison defeated four Democrats running in the primary to replace Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, a Democrat who’s running for governor, the Associated Press reported. He won 54 percent of the vote.

The congressman and Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee had been considered the front-runner when he announced in June that he’d leave Congress to run for attorney general.

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