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Franken Gains A Little More Ground

After two days of counting and 46 percent of the ballots examined, Republican Senator Norm Coleman's slim lead has gotten even slimmer. Coleman led Democrat Al Franken by 215 votes heading into the mandatory recount but after day two, that lead has slipped to just 136 votes, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

But the final result is almost certain to be decided by the state's canvassing board, which will make the call on a growing list of disputed ballots by both sides. During the recount, representatives from both campaigns are allowed to challenge individual ballots for various reasons (such as a voter who failed to completely fill in the circle next to a candidate's name or made some other technical error). The number of disputed ballots rose to 734 combined at the end of day two.

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