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Judges Elizabeth Hayden of Stearns county, left, and Kurt Marben of Pennington County examine a certificate given to them by Minnesota Elections Director Gary Poser indicating the results of the counting of nearly 351 absentee ballots at the Senate election trial Tuesday in St. Paul. Photo by Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune, Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Franken gains votes; Coleman set to appeal

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ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman took the U.S. Senate election results to court and Al Franken benefited.

Courtroom action in Coleman's election lawsuit ended Tuesday with Democrat Franken widening his lead in the unresolved race, now five months overdue, and Coleman's lawyers framing their arguments for a Supreme Court appeal.

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