Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is now scheduled to announce his choice to replace resigning Sen. Al Franken (D) later today. The prevailing wisdom remains that he will select Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D), but it will be an interesting to see how the Lt. Governor answers the question about whether she will run in the 2018 special election. Originally, it was thought Ms. Smith would serve as a caretaker, but recent speculation suggested that she might desire to run for a full term. Her status in the coming special election will certainly be addressed as part of today’s announcement event. Sen. Franken has still not indicated the exact date when he will leave the Senate, continuing to say it will be in the “coming weeks.”
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