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

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Gov. Mark Dayton listens to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as she was named to replace fellow Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn.

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 longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election.