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The Minnesota Senate race has been a hotly contested one, with polls showing incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken neck and neck. Even if there race weren't close, it would garner national attention for the fact that Franken is a well-known comedian and former SNL writer.
Recently the race has also received attention because of some of the ugly turns it has taken. The Huffington Post has reported on Coleman's legal problems over a $75,000 donation and Coleman has even gone so far as to sue Franken for defamation for reasons that are not clear.
The race's ads have been nasty as well.
Here's one from Coleman:
And here's one from Franken in response to an earlier ad by Coleman: