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Democrat Al Franken, with his wife Franni. staff photo by Don Davis

Franken won't waive recount

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ST. PAUL - Al Franken's position is as firm as the election results are fluid.

The Democrat said Thursday he will not waive a recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate contest, pointing to a narrowing margin between himself and Republican Sen. Norm Coleman as initial results are reviewed.

A day earlier, Coleman claimed victory, expressed confidence in the election system and noted his opponent could forego the state-mandated -- and funded -- recount to save taxpayer money.

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