POLITICS
12/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Coleman And Franken Gird For Recount In Minnesota Senate Race

The vote gap between the two candidates in Minnesota's still-undecided Senate race -- the longest, closest and costliest in state history -- has narrowed since Election Day, but the hostility and vitriol surrounding the race seem to grow by the hour.

A record 2.9 million Minnesotans went to the polls on Nov. 4. Unofficial returns the next morning showed the incumbent Republican senator, Norm Coleman, with a 725-vote lead over his Democratic challenger, the comedian Al Franken. Since then, as county canvassers certified results and election errors were corrected, that lead dwindled to 206 votes, seven-thousandths of 1 percent.

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