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State Director of Elections Gary Poser, left, and Tony Trimble, a recount attorney for Sen. Norm Coleman, discuss a ballot during the state Canvassing Board's Tuesday hearing. Marc Elias, an attorney for Al Franken, is in the background.

Franken lead at 50; absentee ballots remain

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ST. PAUL - Al Franken increased his slim lead over Sen. Norm Coleman by a few votes this morning as another phase of the U.S. Senate race ended.

Franken netted four more votes, bringing his lead to 50 votes in unofficial results, as the state Canvassing Board concluded its review of ballots challenged by the two campaigns during the statewide recount.

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