Franken keeps gaining on Coleman

With the recount in their race entering its third day, the gap between Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken is now even smaller.

Published November 21, 2008 3:50PM (EST)

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) still leads in his race against Al Franken, but with the recount almost halfway done after two days, that lead is shrinking.

Before the recount began, the two men were separated by 215 votes. At the end of the day Wednesday, it was 174 votes. By the end of counting Thursday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Coleman led Franken by just 136 votes.

Over at Minnesota Public Radio, they've put together an interesting feature -- a game that lets you see examples of challenged ballots and give your opinion as to the voter's intention. It's clear that all of this is art, not science.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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