Coleman declares victory in Minnesota, recount imminent


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Norm Coleman has declared victory in Minnesota. Coleman, whose campaign faltered in the last few weeks amid revelations that his clothing was bought by a top donor, was ahead of opponent Al Franken by just 708 votes out of 3 million cast when the drawn-out count ended late this morning. While Coleman is urging Franken to forgo a recount, conventional wisdom and common sense have it that this contest is far from over.

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