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As other see it: Illegal vote flap comes too late

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It took Minnesota eight months following the 2008 election to seat a U.S. Senator. Al Franken was declared the winner after a long, contentious recount process overseen by a variety of state officials and judges. Franken won by a paper-thin majority that still rankles Republicans who now suggest that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a DFLer, somehow gamed the system.

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