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Al Franken said Friday he has decided to prepare to be a U.S. senator by talking to lawmakers and others instead of attending the election trial that could decide who Minnesota voters chose as their next senator. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Candidates plan differently for Senate

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ST. PAUL -- Al Franken says he is getting in the know, but Norm Coleman says he already knows.

Each U.S. Senate candidate says he is poised to be senator, but Franken and Coleman are preparing differently as they await an outcome in their Senate election, now three months overdue. Their attorneys are engaged in a St. Paul trial to determine what disputed ballots should be counted.

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