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Judges Elizabeth Hayden of Stearns county, left, and Kurt Marben of Pennington County examine a certificate given to them by Minnesota Elections Director Gary Poser indicating the results of the counting of nearly 351 absentee ballots at the Senate election trial Tuesday in St. Paul. Pool photo by Jim Gehrz, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Franken increases lead in recount

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - Al Franken took a lead of more than 300 votes Tuesday as a three-judge panel counted U.S. Senate absentee ballots that had not been counted before.

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The Democrat's lead over Norm Coleman grew to 312 votes with the count in what could be the final day of Minnesota's U.S. Senate trial. Before Tuesday, Franken led by 225 votes.

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