MN board declares Franken winner

Former 'SNL' personality faces legal battle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota board has certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state’s U.S. Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman, but a legal challenge probably will keep the race in limbo. The Canvassing Board’s declaration Monday starts a seven-day clock for Coleman to file a lawsuit protesting the result. If he doesn’t, Franken will get the election certificate he needs to take the seat in Washington.

Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” personality, ended the recount up by 225 votes.

Coleman’s lawyers have argued that some ballots were mishandled and others were wrongly excluded from the recount. After a Minnesota Supreme Court decision went against Coleman earlier Monday, lead attorney Fritz Knaak (kuh-NOCK’) said a lawsuit was inevitable.

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