Franken Takes Lead by 250 Votes

Thousands of votes still have yet to be counted
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 1:41 PM CST
Minnesota's State Canvassing Board sidestepped the Coleman team's proposal to prevent as many as 150 ballots from being counted twice.   (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
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(Newser) – After beginning the day with a slight deficit, Al Franken has opened up a 250-vote lead over incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s ongoing Senate race, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. While the race appears to be tipping Franken's way, don't expect any resolution until after the new year, given the complexity of the recount and its various legal challenges.

"While varying headlines and a flurry of different numbers will continue, we encourage everyone to just hang on until the process is finished," said a statement from the Coleman camp. "When it is finished, Norm Coleman will still lead." Franken's camp says its foes look "desperate" and "panicked."