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Minnesota Senate winner! Either Al Franken or Norm Coleman

December 6, 2008 |  7:32 am

Just another November day in Minnesota in 1940

A quick update on the Minnesota Senate race recount before that state closes for the winter:

Either Republican incumbent Norm Coleman or Democrat challenger Al Franken has won.

We don't know yet. And, frankly, we won't know for a while because there's a couple of more steps to take as it's still so close.

Depending on whose numbers you believe, Coleman is ahead by 687 votes out of 2,416,001 cast (Coleman), or ahead by 192 (Minneapolis Star Tribune) or losing by four (would you believe that's Franken's count?).

On Dec. 12 the state's canvassing board will begin meetings on mistakenly rejected absentee ballots and four days later on 6,655 challenged ballots. Other than that, everything's all done.

They figure to have the 2008 results complete, however, in time for the winner to start his 2014 campaign.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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