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Franken Calls For Recount In Minnesota Senate Race

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As Norm Coleman’s lead in counted vote dwindles, the inevitable call for a recount has been made:

Democrat Al Franken, locked in an overtime election battle with incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, said today that he is pushing ahead with the recount of Tuesday’s voting.

“No, no,” Franken said in an interview on Minnesota Public Radio late this morning, when asked whether he’ll waive his right to a recount, as Coleman has urged him to do. “This is the closest Senate race in Minnesota history. This is just part of the process to make sure that every vote is counted fairly.”

If the recount confirms that he has come up short, Franken said, “I’ll be the first to congratulate Senator Coleman.”

Meanwhile, the margin between Coleman and Franken has been dwindling this morning.

The latest unofficial results collected by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office of Tuesday’s vote now show Coleman with a 342-vote lead over Franken. That’s down from 477 at the end of the day Wednesday and 725 Wednesday morning.

The results page can be found here.