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Franni and Al Franken were all smiles Tuesday afternoon following a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that made him the next U.S. senator. They talked to reporters in front of their Minneapolis townhouse. (Don Davis / State Capitol Bureau)

After 8 months in election limbo, it's ... SENATOR FRANKEN

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Nearly 3 million Minnesotans voted for a U.S. Senate candidate eight months ago, but in the end only five votes counted, those of state Supreme Court justices who Tuesday decided Al Franken will be the state's second sitting U.S. senator.

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The high court's unanimous decision convinced Norm Coleman to end his re-election battle, sending Franken to Washington to give Democrats 60 Senate votes, the most dominate voting bloc in 30 years.

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