Sen. Franken's Resignation Raises The Stakes For Minn. 2018 Elections

Franken's resignation means three major positions will be on Minnesota's 2018 ballot.
Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 14, 2017

Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation Thursday, and that raises the question: Who's going to fill his Senate seat?

Minnesota law dictates the governor can make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy. Some reports say U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison or Rep. Tim Walz could fill the seat. But other reports say Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.

No matter whom the governor appoints, Franken's seat will be open for the 2018 elections — two years earlier than expected. The other Senate seat for Minnesota will also be on the ballot. And voters in the state will choose a new governor.

Those are some major stakes for Democrats and Republicans. Both groups are expected to fight for all three positions.