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Coleman campaign attorney Fritz Knaak says he expects his team to cut the number of challenged ballots to fewer than 1,000, easing the burden faced by a state elections board that must look over each one to determine who voters wanted to elect. Staff photo by Don Davis

Board set to examine Senate ballots


ST. PAUL - The state Canvassing Board begins what is expected to be a four-day meeting today, with the goal of determining who won Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.

But with incumbent Republican Norm Coleman leading Democrat Al Franken by fewer than 200 votes, no one really expects a final decision this week. That decision likely will end up in court.

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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.