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Dayton Names Smith as Franken’s Successor

She plans to run for the seat in the 2018 special election, while Ellison is staying out.

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Kimberly Railey
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:12 a.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) announced that Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) will replace Sen. Al Franken (D) in the Senate.

In a press release announcing the decision, Dayton said, “Tina Smith is a person of the highest integrity and ability. There is no one I trust more to assume the responsibilities of this important office. I know that she will be a superb Senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens.” (release)

“Smith plans to run for the seat in a 2018 special election.”

“In selecting Smith, the governor is choosing one of his most trusted advisers and someone who has worked for years traveling the state and building relationships with influential DFLers and business leaders. … The selection also means Minnesota will have two female U.S. senators for the first time in history.”

“Franken’s office said that a final resignation date has not been set.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Dayton said he will back Smith’s 2018 bid. (Morning Consult)

STAYING OUT. “Rep. Keith Ellison (D-05) will not run in Minnesota’s special U.S. Senate election in 2018, according to a source close to the Minneapolis congressman.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Ellison said Smith has his “full support both now and when she runs in the 2018 special election.” (release)

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