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Franken, Coleman Kept Waiting

Minnesota's reputation for niceness may take a hit as it prepares for the recount of its neck-and-neck Senate race on the national stage. The already heated contest between Norm Coleman and Al Franken "won't be settled for at least another month," writes Politico, as the state prepares for a hand recount that legal challenges will undoubtedly prolong. The recount could extend well into the 111th Congress, forcing Democrats to decide whether to seat Franken and jeopardizing Coleman's bid for National Republican Senatorial Committee chairmanship, even if he eventually wins. Coleman, who currently leads by 206 votes, has called on Franken to concede, even though the state automatically grants a recount in races where the victory margin is less than 0.5 percent, and in this case, it is less than 0.01 percent.