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Franken's resignation triggers a rush to replace him

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Al Franken's announcement Thursday that he will resign triggers a mad-dash special election in 2018 to finish the Minnesota Democrat's term, with former Gov. Tim Pawlenty seen as a top possibility for Republicans to cash in an unforeseen pickup chance. Franken said he would step down "in the coming weeks" after a series of sexual misconduct allegations caused support in his own party to collapse.
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