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Recount in Franken-Coleman race

The U.S. Senate race in Minnesota between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and comedian Al Franken is going to a recount.

With nearly 2.9 million votes cast, Coleman defeated Franken by fewer than 700 votes, the Associated Press reported. The final margin was well within a state mandate for an automatic recount, which may not be finished until December.

The candidates, both Jewish, have fought an intensely bitter campaign. Franken, a Democrat, accused Coleman of corruption and Coleman used Franken’s satiric writings against him.

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