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December 4, 2008
Democrat Al Franken withdrew 633 challenges to ballots in the U.S. Senate race, and an attorney for Republican Norm Coleman said he might follow suit. The canvassing board is to meet Dec. 16 to begin examining contested ballots. Coleman defeated Franken in the election by 215 votes, a margin so small that it triggered an automatic recount.
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June 3, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he wouldn't run for a third term, even though the state doesn't have term limits. Pawlenty, 48, said he'd impose them on himself. "Time marches on, and now it's time to give someone else a chance," he said. Pawlenty, whose term lasts 19 more months, also said he would follow the state Supreme Court's direction on whether to issue an election certificate in the disputed U.S. Senate race. Republican Norm Coleman, whose term expired in January, is contesting the recount that tipped the race to Democrat Al Franken by a few hundred votes.
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November 14, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Democrat Al Franken, locked in a tight Senate race and headed to a recount, sued for access to data on rejected absentee ballots. The suit was filed in Ramsey County District Court, but his campaign hopes a ruling in its favor would be applied statewide. Franken trails GOP incumbent Norm Coleman by 206 votes in unofficial results. The results are to be certified Tuesday, and the recount is to start the next day.
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April 8, 2009 | Michael Muskal
A three-judge panel Tuesday awarded Democrat challenger Al Franken more votes in his bid to become Minnesota's next senator, but it will take additional court action to decide the final result in what is already the longest-running recount in the state's history. The panel examined 351 ballots and added the result to previous counts, giving Franken a lead of 312 votes over Republican Norm Coleman. Franken began the day ahead by 225 votes of about 2.4 million cast in November.
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April 15, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Republican Norm Coleman will appeal his latest setback in the state's U.S. Senate election battle, his lawyer said, extending the five-month struggle. Coleman has 10 days to ask the state Supreme Court to review a decision in favor of Democrat Al Franken. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that Franken won 312 more votes than incumbent Coleman in November and that he should get an election certificate. Franken gained more votes from the challenge than Coleman, who brought the lawsuit.
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December 23, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Democrat Al Franken is poised to hold on to a 48-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman as the state canvassing board prepares to award a final pile of votes in Minnesota's unsettled Senate race. The board was to meet today and award votes from a remaining group of about 5,000 challenges that had been withdrawn by both campaigns. Judging by a draft report by the secretary of state's office, Franken will have earned a total of 48 more votes than Coleman once those votes are allotted.
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November 21, 2008 | Times Wire Services
President-elect Barack Obama has waded into Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff, recording a radio ad supporting Democrat Jim Martin, but there's still no word on whether the president-elect will make a personal appearance. In the spot, Obama thanks Georgians who voted for him Nov. 4, then encourages support for Martin. "The elections aren't over," Obama said. "I want to urge you to turn out one more time and help elect Jim Martin to the United States Senate." Martin faces Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Dec. 2 runoff.
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December 13, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Democrat Al Franken won a pair of victories before the state board overseeing the U.S. Senate recount, including a decision that as many as 1,500 incorrectly rejected absentee ballots should be included. The board also opted to recommend the use of election night results in a Franken-leaning Minneapolis precinct where 133 ballots vanished. "It was a great day for democracy," Franken attorney Marc Elias said. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign lawyers said they would go to court over the absentee ballot ruling.
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December 23, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Democrat Al Franken is poised to hold on to a 48-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman as the state canvassing board prepares to award a final pile of votes in Minnesota's unsettled Senate race. The board was to meet today and award votes from a remaining group of about 5,000 challenges that had been withdrawn by both campaigns. Judging by a draft report by the secretary of state's office, Franken will have earned a total of 48 more votes than Coleman once those votes are allotted.
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December 13, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Democrat Al Franken won a pair of victories before the state board overseeing the U.S. Senate recount, including a decision that as many as 1,500 incorrectly rejected absentee ballots should be included. The board also opted to recommend the use of election night results in a Franken-leaning Minneapolis precinct where 133 ballots vanished. "It was a great day for democracy," Franken attorney Marc Elias said. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign lawyers said they would go to court over the absentee ballot ruling.
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December 4, 2008
Democrat Al Franken withdrew 633 challenges to ballots in the U.S. Senate race, and an attorney for Republican Norm Coleman said he might follow suit. The canvassing board is to meet Dec. 16 to begin examining contested ballots. Coleman defeated Franken in the election by 215 votes, a margin so small that it triggered an automatic recount.
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