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Marc Elias claims his candidate, Al Franken, leads incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman by four votes. Elias is busy this week as a state board looks over disputed ballots. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Bureau

Disputed ballots fall in 3 areas -- challenged ballots, improperly rejected absentee ballots, and incident reports

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ST. PAUL - Three general categories of ballots remain disputed in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race.

Challenged ballots: An ever-shrinking number of ballots in which one campaign or the other claimed the voter's intended candidate is not clear. The final number was expected to be less than 1,500 after campaigns withdrew more than 5,000 challenges.


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