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Franken Huddles With Senate Democrats

Minnesota Senate hopeful Al Franken (D) visited his prospective Democratic colleagues on Tuesday to get them up to speed on his ongoing recount that has been hung up in the courts for weeks. “He just gave a report on how the contest is going. He predicted he will soon become a United States Senator,— Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Franken’s possible seat mate, said following the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy luncheon.Franken leads former Sen. Norm Coleman (R) by 225 votes following a recount of the November election. The contest is being considered by a three-judge panel in the Gopher State, and following a decision by that body, the case could be taken to the state Supreme Court.In a separate decision that was a blow to Democrats, Franken’s lawsuit asking that he be certified the winner of the race was rejected by the Minnesota Supreme Court last week.The ongoing legal saga has kept Minnesota without full representation in the Senate.Klobuchar told Roll Call earlier Tuesday that her staff has not briefed Franken or his staff in preparation for the work that may lie ahead should he prevail in Minnesota.“My focus right now is to do the work of two Senators. It’ll be nice to have someone to help out,— she said.

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