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Sen. Al Franken

Judges say Franken won election

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ST. PAUL -- Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race and should be sent to Washington, a three-judge panel unanimously ruled Monday evening, but Minnesota is at least a few weeks away from having two senators.

Republican Norm Coleman plans to appeal the decision, which follows a seven-week trial on a lawsuit he brought when a statewide recount left him trailing Democrat Franken by 225 votes. After the judges' ruling, Franken leads by 312 votes.

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