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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-26-09 03:23 PM
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Senate Democrats Say End Is Near for Coleman
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Source: Congressional Quarterly

Feb. 26, 2009 2:53 p.m.
Senate Democrats Say End Is Near for Coleman
By Kathleen Hunter, CQ Staff

Senate Democratic leaders said Thursday that they see a light at the end of the tunnel in the protracted Minnesota Senate race and expressed confidence that Democrat Al Franken would fill the vacant seat in a matter of weeks.

The projections and theyre not locked in are that this should all be finished by the very beginning of April, said New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer , who headed the Senate Democrats campaign efforts during the 2008 cycle.

A three-judge panel in Minnesota is currently refereeing Republican Norm Colemans attempt to have enough ballots counted in his favor to erase a 225-vote margin of victory that a state canvassing board awarded to Franken in January. But Coleman has suffered a series of setbacks in the trial.

Were very confident, Schumer said. We keep gaining.

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