Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith wins second term, beating GOP challenger Jason Lewis

MINNEAPOLIS — Democrat Tina Smith, appointed nearly three years ago as Al Franken’s successor in the U.S. Senate, won her first full term from voters Tuesday and defeated Republican challenger Jason Lewis in a race that could help decide the balance of power in Washington.A former Planned Parenthood executive and lieutenant governor, Smith won a special election in 2018 to serve out Franken’s term.Lewis, a former congressman running as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, worked for years as a conservative radio talk show host with a large following. But he lost his U.S. House seat in 201…

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