Minn. Senate Winner won't be known in 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota voters won't know who won the state's U.S. Senate race this year, and it's looking more likely that the new Congress will be sworn in before the race ends between Democrat Al Franken and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

The state Canvassing Board on Tuesday scheduled a January 5 meeting and says its work could spill into January 6 -- the day the next Congress convenes.

A draft report by the secretary of state's office has Franken leading Coleman by 48 votes.

But Coleman's campaign is disputing the allocation of some challenged ballots, which would add up to a 49 vote swing in the incumbent's favor. Franken's campaign has also brought some potential errors to the board's attention.

What's more, the Coleman campaign was due to go before the state Supreme Court later Tuesday to argue for the disqualification of ballots it claims were double counted.


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