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Al Franken is resigning – what happens next?

His term was supposed to end in 2021.
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Al Franken announced his resignation Thursday after eight women publicly accused him of inappropriate behavior.

What happens now?

  • Gov. Mark Dayton picks someone to temporarily fill the vacancy
  • A new senator will be elected next November to finish Franken's term
  • In 2020, a senator will be elected for the usual six-year term

This November's election will be considered a "special election" because Franken wasn't due to be up for re-election in 2018, so Minnesotans will vote for someone to fill his seat until 2020.

This special election will happen on the already scheduled Election Day.

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The last time something like this happened was in 2002 when Sen. Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash. Gov. Jesse Ventura appointed Dean Barkley to be the temporary fill in. 

However, there wasn't an a special election that time around because Wellstone's seat was already up for grabs that November. 

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