Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D), as expected, selected Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to replace resigning Sen. Al Franken (D). It was originally thought that Ms. Smith would serve as a caretaker incumbent, but the Lt. Governor’s acceptance statement communicated that she has made the opposite decision. In her public comments, Ms. Smith already declared herself as a candidate for the 2018 special election; hence, she will compete to serve the balance of the current term. Candidates can next run for a full six-year term in 2020. Sen. Franken is now indicating that he will officially resign in “early January.”
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