Franken gains on Coleman

With the recount in their race 18 percent complete, Al Franken has narrowed Norm Coleman's lead to 174 votes.

Published November 20, 2008 3:15PM (EST)

The recount in the race for one of Minnesota's Senate seats began Wednesday morning. By the end of the day, it was already about 18 percent complete, and challenger Al Franken had gained on incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

Before the recount, Franken trailed Coleman by 215 votes. Now, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that gap is down to 174 votes.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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