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Democratic senators and staffers shed tears during Al Franken's resignation speech

Democratic senators and staffers shed tears during Al Franken's resignation speech

Sen. Al Franken took a quick glance up at a jam-packed Senate press gallery as he entered the chamber Thursday, preparing to ask Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, who was presiding over the chamber, to allow him to make the speech that would end his political career.

However, many were in the chamber to listen to his speech, including at least three senators -- Sens.

Only one Republican sat in on Franken's speech, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Norm Coleman in 2009 by 312 votes — who Wellstone was set to face off against until a plane crash took his life only eleven days before the election — giving Democrats the much-needed 60th vote for a brief period of time that allowed them to pass the Affordable Care Act.

And in a few weeks, Al Franken will be a former senator.

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