Al Franken has been endorsed for the U.S. Senate by acclamation at the DFL state convention in Rochester.
Franken’s rival, Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, moved for the unnanimous endorsement when it became clear that Franken had amassed the 60 percent majority support needed on the first ballot.
Although his endorsement was widely expected, Franken’s quick victory surprised many observers, who thought recent controversies might have left the party divided.
Earlier in the day, Franken had apologized to delegates for past writings that have been criticized by DFLers as well as Republicans as demeaning to women, and he received the endorsement of the DFL feminist caucus.
After his victory, Franken told the convention that “We have been waiting for eight years to take this country back and this year we have the emergence of a new progressive majority in the state and the country.”