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Minnesota governor to name lieutenant governor to Franken's seat: report

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is likely to tap Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to replace Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenHarrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots MORE (D), who resigned on Thursday, according to a report in The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The newspaper cited a “high-ranking Democratic source.” The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Franken announced his resignation just before noon in a speech on the Senate floor.

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He said he would be resigning in the next few weeks during a speech in which he said some of the accusations of sexual misconduct lodged against him were not true, while others he remembered differently.

In a statement released after Franken's decision, Dayton said no decision had been made on his replacement.

"I expect to make and announce my decision in the next couple of days," he said.

More than 30 Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Democrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial MORE (D-N.Y.), called for Franken's resignation on Thursday.

Franken has been facing accusations of sexual misconduct since mid-November, when radio host Leeann Tweeden said he forcibly kissed her during a rehearsal for a skit on a USO tour. She also shared a photo that showed Franken mockingly groping her breasts as she slept on a military plane.

Since then, multiple women have come forward to say Franken groped them during photo ops and at other events.

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An appointee replacing Franken would serve until a special election next November, when voters would decide who serves the remaining two years of Franken’s term. 

Minnesota’s other senator, Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (D), is up for reelection in 2018.

This story was updated at 12:47 p.m.