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Franken clings to lead over Coleman in Minnesota recount

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Democrat Al Franken is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in a U.S. Senate recount in Minnesota. But the final result shows no sign of being settled soon.

The state Canvassing Board is ready to award the last pile of votes today, and it could put Franken up by 236 votes. But that doesn't mean anything is over yet.

The two campaigns and the secretary of state's office are still negotiating how to handle an estimated 1,600 improperly rejected absentee ballots.

And today the state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over Coleman's claim that about 130 ballots were counted twice.

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