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Minnesota Voters Clear Smith to Serve Out Franken's Term

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

KYLE POTTER, Associated Press
Updated: November 07, 2018 09:57 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota voters have cleared Sen. Tina Smith to fill out the final two years of former Sen. Al Franken's term.

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Smith defeated Republican state Sen. Karin Housley in Tuesday's special election for the seat Franken gave up amid a sexual misconduct scandal. Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Smith to take Franken's place.

Housley waged an energetic campaign and had a name made famous by her husband's pro hockey career. That gave Minnesota Republicans hope they could win back the office they narrowly lost to Franken in 2008. But national Republican groups focused their attention on Senate races in other states.

Smith's term ends in 2020, when she could seek re-election.

In Minnesota's other Senate race, Democrat Amy Klobuchar easily captured a third term over little-known state Rep. Jim Newberger.

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KYLE POTTER, Associated Press

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