Live Coverage at 10 a.m.: Dayton to Announce Senate Appointment

December 13, 2017 08:15 AM

KSTP will broadcast live coverage of the announcement on Ch. 5 starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. KSTP's broadcasts are also streamed online.


Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his appointment to the U.S. Senate at 10 a.m. Wednesday, a release from the governor's office says.

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The announcement will take place in Room G15 at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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The individual appointed will succeed Al Franken.

Franken last Thursday announced he plans to resign from the Senate in coming weeks amid allegations from multiple women of inappropriate sexual contact. The senator did not set a firm date to leave the legislative body, and he did not specifically admit to any wrongdoing in announcing his resignation.

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His pending departure means Dayton must appoint someone to fill the vacancy until a special election for the seat is held next November. The winner of that race would then fill the remainder of Franken's term, which runs through 2020.

The last time a governor appointed a U.S. Senator in Minnesota came in 2002 when then-Gov. Jesse Venture appointed Dean Barkley following the death of Democrat Paul Wellstone in a plane crash that October.

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