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Franni, left, and Al Franken were all smiles Tuesday following a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that made Al Franken Minnesota's newest U.S. senator. The couple talked to reporters in front of their Minneapolis residence. Franken was declared the winner after eight months of recounts and court proceedings. Tribune photo by Don Davis

8 months on, Franken gets last laugh

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ST. PAUL -- Nearly 3 million Minnesotans voted for a U.S. Senate candidate eight months ago, but in the end only five votes counted, those state Supreme Court justices who Tuesday decided Al Franken will be the state's second U.S. senator.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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