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Not Quite Senator-elect Franken Meets With Reid

Al Franken is living in electoral limbo, but he's walking the Senate halls today nonetheless, and meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Franken is heading into a recount in Minnesota, and told reporters gathered in a Senate hallway that he was simply in town "to brief the leader on the recount."

That and to pick up some donation checks for fund raisers.

Franken avoided taking any other questions, but asserted that he was not taking part in any freshmen orientation sessions with senators who actually have been declared winners in their elections.

"That would be inappropriate," Franken said.

Franken's real reason for being in town is financial -- he needs to raise money for the recount. Franken attended a fundraiser in Washington last night to help pay for costs related to the recount, including monitors and lawyers in the dozens of sites across Minnesota where the hand recount will take place. Franken is expected to attend another fundraiser in New York tomorow night with Al Gore and George Soros.

Emerging from the meeting with Reid, Franken said that he was "cautiously optimistic" that he would prevail in the recount.

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