Franken resigns

Sen. Al Franken is pictured. | Getty

Sen. Al Franken, a prolific fundraiser once viewed as a possible White House hopeful, had lost the support of most Democratic senators. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Minnesota Democrat steps down amid multiple claims of groping and unwanted sexual advances.

Sen. Al Franken resigned Thursday after seven women came forward in recent weeks and said he groped or tried to forcibly kiss them. The second-term Minnesota Democrat, a prolific fundraiser once viewed as a possible White House hopeful, had lost the support of most Democratic senators.

Franken said his resignation would take effect “in the coming weeks.”

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