Senate race decided by 601 votes

Posted on November 5, 2008 

Senate race 100% counted: Coleman up; recount coming

Sen. Norm Coleman is leading Democratic challenger Al Franken in one of the most bitter U.S. Senate races in Minnesota history.

With 100 percent of the 4,130 precincts reporting, Coleman had an unofficial margin of several hundred votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Recounts are required in races with a winning margin of less than one half of 1 percent.

Both candidates captured 42 percent of the vote. Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley captured 15 percent of the vote.

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