Al Franken takes lead

The putative 59th Democratic senator pulls ahead in Minnesota senate race.

Published December 19, 2008 4:44PM (EST)

Al Franken now leads in Minnesota.

So says the Washington Independent: "It now appears that unless Coleman can win a major lawsuit to disqualify a high number of Franken ballots, Al Franken will be the next U.S. senator from Minnesota."

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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