Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, pictured, served as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton?s trusted chief of staff for four years before ascending to become his No. 2 when he needed a running mate in 2014.

As Smith Heads to DC, Questions Linger Over Her Replacement

After a year that saw budget battles, a legal fight between branches of government and two lawmakers swept out of office over sexual misconduct allegations of last year, 2018 will start with another big event: Lt. Gov. Tina Smith heading to Washington to take a place in the U.S. Senate.

Smith’s move has triggered questions and bickering over who will succeed her at the state Capitol. It’s a critical question that has major ramifications for control of the Senate and could define the legislative session.

Here’s a look at what’s at stake…

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