Franken to visit D.C., meet with Senate leaders

As election officials prepare for a statewide recount in the U.S. Senate election, DFL candidate Al Franken says he will travel to Washington D.C. this week to meet with Senate leaders.
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Democrat Al Franken says he'll be in Washington, D.C., this week to meet with Democratic Senate leaders.

There's an orientation for new senators being held this week, but Franken told WCCO-TV on Sunday that it would be too presumptuous to attend the orientation with the race between him and Republican Sen. Norm Coleman still unsettled.

Coleman leads Franken by only 206 votes, and a statewide recount will be conducted starting this week to determine the winner.

Franken will meet with Senate leaders on Tuesday. Franken spokeswoman Colleen Murray says Franken has also hired a transition director so that if he comes out ahead after the recount, he will be ready to serve Minnesotans.

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