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An employee at the Carlton County Courthouse counts election ballots as several observers pay close attention Thursday. staff photo by Lisa Baumann

Senate race rests on disputed ballots


ST. PAUL - U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's lead dwindled and the number of disputed ballots dramatically rose in the second day of Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount.

By Thursday night, 734 ballots had been challenged, a figure that dwarfs the 215-vote margin Republican Coleman led Democratic challenger Al Franken by before the recount began Wednesday. A state board will look at each challenged ballot to see who, if anyone, gets that vote.

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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.