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Minn. State Capitol Bureau A happy Al Franken talks to reporters Monday after a three-judge panel ruled that he won last year's U.S. Senate election in Minnesota. However, Norm Coleman says he will appeal the ruling.

Court names Franken as winner, but is race over?

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ST. PAUL -- Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race and should be sent to Washington, a Minnesota three-judge panel ruled Monday evening, but Norm Coleman plans to appeal the decision.

The ruling follows a seven-week trial on a lawsuit Coleman brought after a statewide recount left him trailing Franken.

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