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Tuesday is next big day in Minnesota Senate recount

ST. PAUL -- The special board that eventually will declare a winner in Minnesota's Senate race meets again Tuesday to tie up most of the remaining loose ends in the long-running contest.

ST. PAUL -- The special board that eventually will declare a winner in Minnesota's Senate race meets again Tuesday to tie up most of the remaining loose ends in the long-running contest.

Democrat Al Franken pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Norm Coleman on Friday by 262 votes, according to a tally kept by the Associated Press. There are about 5,000 challenges both campaigns withdrew earlier that will be awarded at the Canvassing Board's Tuesday meeting.

The board also will review any standing challenges that slipped through the cracks during four days of work last week.

Later in the day, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case brought by Coleman. It seeks to disqualify more than 100 ballots the campaign claims were counted twice, an allegation the Franken campaign disputes.

But the race won't be settled for good. Counties have until Dec. 31 to count a batch of absentee ballots that were improperly rejected by election judges.

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