Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election.

Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last week. But her previous decision not to run for governor had raised questions about her appetite for a closely watched...

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