Al Franken

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Saturday Night Live had a banner election season. The same can't necessarily be said for one of its alums. Not yet, anyway.

In a margin all but guaranteed to prompt a recount, Democrat Al Franken was narrowly—and we mean narrowly—edged out for a Senate seat by Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

With all but one of the state's precincts counted, the former SNL star and radio host received 1,210,028 votes to Coleman's 1,210,790, with Franken missing out on a spot in Congress by just 762 votes—a number well within the limit set by state law to instigate an automatic recount, which could postpone the declaration of a clear victor to as late as December.

"We won't know for a little while who won the race, but at the end of the day we will know the voice of the electorate is clearly heard," Franken said. "This has been a long campaign, but it is going to be a little longer before we have a winner."

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