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Franken wins nomination

September 10, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Comedian Al Franken won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, setting up a showdown with Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. With 33% of precincts reporting, Franken had 68% of the vote.

Franken, who gained fame as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member, easily beat six other Democrats. Coleman trounced his only opponent, an expatriate living in Italy.

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