As Franken’s support collapses, Democrats expect resignation

From left, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Gretchen Carlson; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hold a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday to introduce legislation to curb sexual harassment in the workplace. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill.