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Updated: Minnesota court declares Franken winner in U.S. Senate race


Updated 6:30 p.m.

ST. PAUL - Al Franken won the U.S. Senate race and should be sent to Washington, a Minnesota three-judge panel ruled this evening.

However, even before the ruling, Norm Coleman pledged to appeal the expected loss to the state Supreme Court. And there is a good chance the loser at that level will appeal to the U.S. courts, meaning it still may be months before a new senator is seated.

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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.