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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie leans in to look at a ballot with Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson Friday while they and the state Canvassing Board's three other members consider ballots challenged during the U.S. Senate recount. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Franken leads; ballots remain


ST. PAUL - A new leader emerged Friday in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, but new electoral wrinkles kept the outcome unknown.

Democrat Al Franken pulled ahead of Sen. Norm Coleman for the first time after the state Canvassing Board completed a four-day review of roughly 1,500 ballots challenged by the campaigns during the statewide recount.

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