The seat will now come before the voters in 2018 to fill the remaining two years of the term Sen. Franken was elected to in 2014. The winner of the ’18 special will then be eligible to seek a full six-year term in 2020. Early reports also suggested that if Ms. Smith is appointed, she would only serve as a caretaker, retiring after the special election chooses a permanent replacement. Both parties will effectively nominate their candidates in convention. Already, Republicans are mentioning former Gov. Tim Pawlenty as a potential Senate candidate.