>> High hopes and higher stakes in Atlanta, Saturday, as the Democrats choose their new National Leader. Hoping they can put the disastrous 2016 elections behind them and capitalize on a new wave of activist outrage at President Donald Trump. John Whiteside is on the story.>> It's higher stakes this time around just because of what Democrats have gone through in the last three months.
>> We as Democrats must move forward with courage, confidence and optimism.>> Democrats are about as down and out as they've been in a long time. And this race is to pick a leader to sort of start helping them dig out.>> The two top candidates reflecting a deep split in the party.
Minnesota Congressman, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was a staunch supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders. Whose insurgent run for the Democratic nomination electrified progressives and took establishment candidate Hillary Clinton by surprise.>> Ellison has been probably the most prescriptive as far as promising to go into every single county in the US and start building a democratic organization.
>> Allison's top rival for the job, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez supported Clinton from the start and was reportedly urged to run by those close to former President Barack Obama.>> Tom Perez has gotten a lot of establishment backing from people like Joe Biden and a lot of people from the Clinton orbit.
>> Both men vying to take over a demoralized and decimated party, losing in less than a decade the House, the Senate, the White House, and the majority of state houses. A party once seen as the champion of workers now out of step with middle America.>> The party leader will be a face for the party as they go forward and start making the case why America needs to turn away from Trump and go back to Democrats.
>> Whoever wins will have to figure out how to tap into the groundswell of outrage at Trump that Republican lawmakers have been feeling at town hall meetings around the country. A possible ray of hope for the Democrats if they can find a convincing way to replace anguish with answers.