Franken's Lead Shrinking
Senate race still finely balanced
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2008 4:33 AM CST
Election officials and representatives for Republican Incumbent Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken discuss disputed ballots.   (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
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(Newser) – Al Franken's razor-thin lead in the Minnesota Senate race keeps getting narrower. The former Saturday Night Live writer holds a mere 48-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman with most ballot challenges settled, down from the 251-vote advantage he had just last week, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

There is still court action ahead by the Coleman campaign over 130 ballots alleged to have been double counted. Issues also linger over up to 1,600 absentee ballots that may have been improperly rejected. The state Canvassing Board meets again today.