Minnesota Sanders campaign co-chairs: Ellison and Omar

Bernie Sanders and Omar at Williams Arena
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has named state attorney general Keith Ellison and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar as his Minnesota campaign co-chairs.

The move comes less than three weeks before Minnesota's presidential primary election, which comes on March 3.

Also holding primaries on Super Tuesday are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

In addition to naming Ellison and Omar, the Sanders campaign appointed as vice chairs Minneapolis city council member Alondra Cano, state Senator John Marty, climate activist Winona LaDuke and Duluth Council Member Joel Sipress.

Sanders won the 2016 Minnesota Democratic caucus with nearly 62 percent of the vote. That was well ahead of runner-up Hillary Clinton, who picked up 38 percent support.

Following the 2020 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Sanders has established himself as front-runner for the Democratic nomination, with former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg close behind.

Both Ellison and Omar have thrown their support behind the Senator from Vermont.

In 2016, Ellison endorsed Sanders as well.