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The deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said "women are dying" because members of his party are "losing elections."

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said at a "progressive change" training conference in Washington that Democrats must reclaim their former electoral prowess.

"Women are dying because we are losing elections," the Minneapolis Democrat said. "We don't have the right to lose a damn election. We have to win."

Ellison, 54, lamented his loss to Tom Perez in the race for the DNC chairmanship, with the sentiment receiving boos from the left-wing crowd, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

"Did you know that in Missouri and Texas... maternal mortality has risen?" Ellison said in prefacing his "women are dying" remark.

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, a progressive Democrat who played Miranda in "Sex and the City," also addressed the event.

Nixon is seeking a primary bid against two-term New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), recently making news when she called the liberal former HUD secretary a "wannabe Republican."

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) were also featured speakers at the event.


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