Al Franken will win re-election as Minnesota senator

Sen. Al Franken (R-Minn.) was expected to gain a new term in the Senate, according to the Associated Press.

Franken defeated Mike McFadden after leading in the polls throughout the campaign.

Franken’s victory contrasts with the razor-thin victory he won against incumbent Norm Coleman in the 2008 campaign, which led to a recount. During his tenure in the Senate, Franken avoided national media attention and used his show business contacts primarily to raise funds. “Saturday Night Live” alum Amy Poehler and “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm headlined fundraisers for Franken, but he avoided Sunday talk shows and other national media.

Franken also highlighted issues such as net neutrality and his opposition to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, although they took a backseat to health care and the economy.

On a dark night for Democrats, his victory is one of the few bright spots, especially since it was once thought that Republicans would invest heavily to try to defeat him.

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