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Democrat Al Franken stands in front of reporters Wednesday morning, saying he is optimistic a recount will end with him winning Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat. With him is his wife, Franni. Staff photo by Don Davis

Recount required; Franken claims voter 'irregularities'


ST. PAUL - Al Franken says a few hundred votes will separate him and incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman once all returns from Tuesday's vote are tallied, probably today, but what he called "irregularities" may be enough to erase that margin in a recount.

"This race is too close to call," Franken said at 6:30 a.m., when votes from 10 precincts remained uncounted.

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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.