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Minnesota Senate race is no laughing matter

April 7, 2009 |  2:31 pm


People in Minnesota are still without their junior senator and it could take weeks more before last November's election is resolved.

Al Franken, comedian, radio personality and author has a 312-vote lead over Sen. Norm Coleman after a three-judge panel today inspected what the courts have held was the last group of contested ballots. The Coleman camp argues that 4,700 more ballots should be counted and that the campaign will continue its fight by going to the Minnesota Supreme Court once the panel issues its formal order.

The Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman is already the longest-running recount in Minnesota history. The TOTT question of the day is: What is the longest-running recount in U.S. history? Two caveats:

      1. No fair using Google to answer this question.

       2. The correct answer may involve a trick, but, hey, that wouldn't be out of place in an election, now would it.

-- Michael Muskal

Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken leaves talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 10, 2009, after attending the Democratic policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)