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Norm Coleman attorney Ben Ginsberg tells reporters in St. Paul that the three-judge panel deciding Coleman's U.S. Senate election lawsuit has been "wrong so far," including in the number of absentee ballots it allowed to be opened and counted Tuesday, so the former Republican senator will appeal the court's final order in the lawsuit. (Scott Wente/St. Paul Bureau)

Franken takes bigger vote lead in ballot recount

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ST. PAUL - Al Franken took a lead of more than 300 votes today as a three-judge panel counted U.S. Senate absentee ballots that had not been counted before.

The Democrat's lead over Norm Coleman grew to 312 votes with the count in what could be the final day of Minnesota's U.S. Senate trial. Before today, Franken led by 225 votes.

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