WASHINGTON -- Absent a significant primary, two of Minnesota's most prominent Democrats on Wednesday threw support behind Angie Craig, the DFL hopeful running for Congress in the Second Congressional District.

Dr. Mary Lawrence bowed out of the DFL primary contest earlier this week, essentially clearing the field and leaving Craig with only token opposition in seeking the DFL endorsement later this year.

Sen. Al Franken said in a statement Wednesday that nothing will get done in the Senate "without partners in the House that share your values."

"I know Angie Craig will be another champion for Minnesota values," he added.

Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis and is chair of the Progressive Caucus, said in a statement, "Angie will work diligently to advance economic prosperity for all families, to strengthen our commitment to seniors, and to promote high-quality public education and debt-free college."

Rep. Tim Walz, who represents southern Minnesota chimed in, too: "Angie will use her talent and experience to meet the challenges that face our state and our nation," he said, in a statement.

Reportedly, endorsements from Rep. Rick Nolan is coming soon, too.

At least five Republicans are also running for the seat being vacated by outgoing GOP Rep. John Kline, who has served in Congress since 2002.

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