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BREAKING: Minnesota Sen. Al Franken To Resign

According to Minnesota Public Radio, a source close to Sen. Al Franken confirms the senator will resign Thursday amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.

The official said they spoke to Franken and to Franken’s staff, MPR reports. Franken has traveled to D.C. to discuss his future with his family, a staff member told the official.

From MPR:

MPR News agreed to withhold the official’s name because the official wanted to give Franken the chance to talk about his decision in his own words.

Franken faced a cascade of calls Wednesday from fellow Democrats and other political allies to leave office in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

His departure would require DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to name a successor. That person would serve until the 2018 election when Minnesota voters would fill it for the final two years of Franken’s term.

Dozens of Franken’s fellow Democratic senators called for his resignation earlier Wednesday after weeks of speculation about Franken’s future in the Senate.

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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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