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NY Senator: Franken should be seated Tuesday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The former head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says Al Franken should be seated in the U.S. Senate when it convenes Tuesday.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says in a statement Sunday that it's clear Franken has won the election for Minnesota's Senate seat. Schumer, who was head of the DSCC when the election was contested in 2008, says Republican Norm Coleman can't get enough votes to win -- even if claims of double-counted ballots are resolved.

After elections officials completed the recount Saturday, Franken had a 225-vote lead over Coleman. The state Canvassing Board is meeting Monday and is expected to certify the results.

But Coleman has a court petition pending that seeks to add hundreds more ballots to the recount. In addition, Coleman hasn't ruled out filing a lawsuit challenging the election result, claiming some irregularities gave Franken an unfair advantage.

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