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Franken ahead in recent polls; candidates to debate again

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- The three Minnesota Senate candidates will meet for their final debate on Sunday, November 2nd, just before the November 4th election.

Republican Senator Norm Coleman, DFL candidate Al Franken and Independence Party candidate Dean Barkley are scheduled to square off at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul.

Coleman is seeking re-election after one term in the Senate.

A recent poll showed Franken leading with just over 40 percent, followed by Coleman at 34 percent.

Barkley is at 15 percent.

Nearly 8 percent were undecided.

Even the Star Tribune is giving its two cents when it comes to the state's senate race.

This weekend, the Minneapolis newspaper says it favors Coleman over Franken and Barkley.

It says Coleman has shown good judgment and is evolving into an agent of bipartisanship.

When it comes to the presidential race, however, the paper is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama.

The Star Tribune says both presidential candidates are flawed, but hopes Obama can deliver on his promise of uniting America.

The paper also says it faults John McCain for selecting the inexperienced Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

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