Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) defeated Republican challenger Mike McFadden in one of the nation's lowest-profile Senate contests, NBC and ABC projected on Tuesday.
Franken, a former comedian who defeated Republican Norm Coleman after a prolonged recount in 2008, led by as many as 20 points early in the campaign. The race narrowed substantially in the final weeks, however, as McFadden cut the margin down to single digits.
McFadden, a co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, worked to portray Franken as beholden to President Barack Obama and his low approval numbers. Franken kept a low profile and focused on the issues, eschewing the comedic antics he was known for as a former cast member of "Saturday Night Live."
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