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Democrat Al Franken stands in front of reporters with his wife, Franni, in this file photo.

Coleman leads, but recount required

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ST. PAUL - Minnesotans who endured a lengthy U.S. Senate race now could be forced to wait into December, or longer, to see who actually won.

Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman collected 727 more votes than Democratic challenger Al Franken, unofficial secretary of state returns show. But state law mandates a recount of every one of the nearly 3 million ballots cast because the election is a virtual tie.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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