StarTribune: Franken a player in Democrats’ plan to keep Senate

WASHINGTON – With no election of his own this year, U.S. Sen. Al Franken has spent many a weekend crisscrossing the country to support Democratic Senate candidates in too-close-to-call races.

The battle for control of the Senate has intensified this fall as tight races in battleground states across the country, including Wisconsin, are stoking concern among Democrats and boosting Republican hopes.

With Senate Democrats clinging to a slim majority in the upper chamber, Franken has played a crucial role as celebrity fundraiser, lending his name and time for events from Connecticut to California.

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