Coleman edges Al Franken in Minn. Senate race By PATRICK CONDON 56 minutes ago MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Republican Norm Coleman outlasted Democrat Al Franken in one of Minnesota's tightest Senate elections ever, squeaking past the former comedian early Wednesday by a margin that appeared certain to trigger a recount. With 4,129 of 4,130 precincts reporting, Coleman led Franken by 762 votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Coleman had 1,210,790 votes, or 42.03 percent, to Franken's 1,210,028 votes, or 42 percent. Dean Barkley of the Independence Party was third with 15 percent, and exit poll data showed him pulling about equally from Coleman and Franken. more t link -- The Associated Press: Coleman edges Al Franken in Minn. Senate race Never cared much for Franken .. and Coleman is a moderate who will probably vote often with democrats.