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Judge Kurt Marben of Pennington County listens Wednesday to arguments by attorneys for Al Franken and Norm Coleman on whether a three-judge panel can consider a Coleman challenge to the U.S. Senate election results. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Senate Democrats hint they may seat Franken before court action

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ST. PAUL - Al Franken may be a U.S. senator before a Minnesota election lawsuit is resolved.

"Al Franken will soon be the next senator from the great state of Minnesota," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday. "The bipartisan Minnesota state Canvassing Board has counted all votes and certified Al Franken the winner."

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