Election Results: Democrat Smith to Finish Franken Term

November 06, 2018 11:06 PM

Update: 10:54 p.m.

Karin Housley issued a statement Tuesday night after it was announced Tina Smith was elected to finish the final two years of former Sen. Al Franken's term.

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"Tonight, I called Senator Tina Smith to congratulate her on her victory. I hoped for better circumstances, but sometimes God's plans are different than our own. Senator Smith and I disagree on almost everything, but now is a time to come together and move forward for the good of the state we love.

If it's one thing I've learned on the campaign trail, it's that Minnesotans are really, really good people -- and I'll never forget it. From the Iron Range to the prairies and everywhere in between, the spirit of Minnesotans is strong. We have much work to continue together, and I'm so hopeful you'll continue to join me for the ride.

God bless Minnesota and God bless America."
 

Update: 9:58 p.m.

Democratic Sen. Tina Smith has won Minnesota's special election to finish the final two years of former Sen. Al Franken's term.

Smith defeated Republican state Sen. Karin Housley on Tuesday. The election was a 10-month sprint, triggered in January after Franken resigned amid a growing sexual misconduct scandal.

Smith got a head start in the race when she was appointed to take the seat by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Smith was Dayton's lieutenant governor and former top aide.

Housley tried to brand Smith as a political insider. But national Republican groups largely bypassed Housley's race, sinking resources instead into more winnable races in states like North Dakota and Wisconsin.

According to a KSTP reporter at the GOP headquarters, Housley took the stage after results were announced to concede to Smith. Housley also said it is time to move forward for the good of the state of Minnesota.


Update: 9:40 p.m.

As of 9:40 p.m., Tina Smith is leading the race with 738,356 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Karin Housley is trailing with 475,655 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 61 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 9:20 p.m.

As of 9:20 p.m., Tina Smith is leading the race with 634,308 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Karin Housley is trailing with 400,694 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 49 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 9 p.m.

As of 9 p.m., Tina Smith is leading the race with 504,338 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Karin Housley is trailing with 294,359 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 35 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 8:40 p.m.

As of 8:40 p.m., Tina Smith is leading the race with 134,560 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Karin Housley is trailing with 67,977 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 17 precincts have reported results.  


Update: 8:20 p.m.

As of 8:20 p.m., Tina Smith is leading the race with 6,834 votes, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Karin Housley is trailing with 4,921 votes. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, a total of 11 precincts have reported results.  


Voters went to the polls Tuesday, casting their ballots to determine both of Minnesota's U.S. Senators. 

In the state's special election, Democratic incumbent Tina Smith was taking on Republican State Sen. Karin Housley.

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The seat was vacated when Democratic incumbent Al Franken resigned in December, 2017 after allegations of inappropriate conduct. He had been reelected in 2014.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Governor Smith to fill the seat, but an election was scheduled for this November to fill the duration of Franken's term.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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