MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With a Minnesota U.S. Senate seat still
undecided, the state canvassing board will begin inspecting as many
1,500 disputed ballots one by one today.
Republican incumbent Norm Coleman leads Democratic challenger Al
Franken by 188 votes from more than 2.9 million ballots cast.
A final winner is pending the canvassing board's decisions on
the disputed ballots.
Both campaigns have pledged to abandon many of the challenges
lodged during the recount. The Coleman campaign said it would keep
less than 1,000 of its challenges, while the Franken campaign said
it would likely retain less than 500.
Attorneys for both sides say they believe the board can plow
through many of the remaining challenges with little objection from