Senate, House candidates stop at Macalester two days before election

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Democratic-Farmer-Labor Senate hopeful Al Franken spoke in the Campus Center Sunday, his last of several stops at Macalester since announcing his candidacy in February 2007. Franken was joined by Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern, and the late Senator Paul Wellstone’s son David Wellstone. Franken’s opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, declared victory Wednesday morning, despite holding a lead of less than 1,000 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. As is required by law in such close races, an automatic recount was put into effect, with each of the nearly 2.9 million votes to be hand counted.

According to the Office of the Secretary of State, the recount could take as long as a month.