Not long after Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced Thursday that he would be resigning from his post in the coming weeks amid several women accusing him of sexual misconduct, Democrats are now scattering to figure out what might happen next.

To answer that question, we have to understand how Franken went from being a comedian on Saturday Night Live to an United States Senator.

In July 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court declared Franken the winner of the 2008 Senate race over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

“As the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reports, Minnesota Democrat Al Franken’s narrow, 312-vote victory in 2008 over incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman may have come as the result of people being allowed to vote who, under existing law, shouldn’t have been,” US News reported at the time.

Barely winning his seat and having the state’s highest court step in, Franken became a senator despite wide scale speculation of voter fraud. His epic fall from grace came after several women accused him of sexual misconduct, with a handful of women claiming he groped them.

Assuming that Franken does resign in the coming weeks, the most notable name swirling to run for his seat is Coleman.

Coleman, who now serves as chairman of the Republican Jewish Committee, told reporters Wednesday that hasn’t ruled out the idea of running again in 2018, according to The Hill.

Another possible name being mention in Republican circles is former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. Like Coleman, he would have name-recognition and roots in Minnesota with voters who may be energized to elect a Republican to vote in favor of President Donald Trump’a agenda.

Media Equalizer reached out to both Coleman and Pawlenty for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Democrats are also mulling over potential candidates, with some believing Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., is the front-runner.

Some are also suggesting Democrat Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a progressive liberal currently serving as the Democratic National Committee’s vice chairman, as a name to keep an eye on. Ellison also has close ties to Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

While Minnesota hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate in decades, Trump performed well in the 2016 presidential election. He narrowly lost the state by less than 2 percentage points to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which will likely push Republicans to go all-in to steal the senate seat from Democrats in 2018.

Franken’s disgusting, sick, and vile behavior led to his downfall, and it has given Republicans the opportunity to pick up a senate seat if they run a viable candidate in next year’s critical midterm elections.

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