Our new DNC Chair is former Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez. Perez defeated Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
Perez won with 235 votes on the second ballot, with 218 votes needed to reach a majority. He fell just shy in the first ballot, totaling 213.5 votes.
— Democratic Party (@DNC) February 25, 2017
Vice President Biden and other key figures from the Obama administration supported Perez, who backed Hillary Clinton in the primary.
Sanders and many of his allies backed Ellison, the first-ever Muslim elected to Congress and a star on the left. Several Ellison supporters told The Hill this week that they are unsure if they can back Perez.
The race to become the next Democratic Party leader split along establishment-grassroots lines and in many ways, mirrored the divisive 2016 presidential primary between Sanders and Clinton.