Who would replace Al Franken?

History highlights Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton would appoint an upgraded if Franken resigns

That would create a particular election in November 2018

(CNN) Ought to Sen. Al Franken decide to step down, his resignation would create a gubernatorial appointment and open up a new Senate battleground in 2018.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton does not approach to get ahead of Franken’s scheduled announcement Thursday, a senior Minnesota Democrat near Dayton advised CNN, however the governor’s “expectation and hope can be for Franken to resign.”

Should Franken step down, top names to replace him are Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison and Tim Walz, this established said. Another leading contender will get Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a past chief of personnel to Dayton.

“Don’t overlook Lt. Governor Smith,” the official said. “She may be the perfect choice.”

The field of Democrats seeking to succeed Dayton as governor might also be ripe for picking to fill Franken’s seat. Attorney Basic Lori Swanson would be a particularly attractive candidate, explained one senior Democratic strategist.

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