Former Gov. Carlson urges Coleman to concede

Arne Carlson
Former Gov. Arne Carlson says that Republican Norm Coleman should concede in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.
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Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson says Republican Norm Coleman should concede to Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race.

Carlson says Coleman shouldn't sue over the results of the recount.

Carlson was a Republican governor who now considers himself an independent. He endorsed Barack Obama for president but didn't support a candidate in the Senate race. He attended the 1996 press conference where Coleman switched from Democrat to Republican, and supported Coleman's 1998 bid for governor.

Carlson predicts that Coleman would probably lose a legal challenge to the recount. He says delaying a finish to the race would damage Coleman's image with the public and says, "There's no disgrace in losing."

Coleman's campaign says he'll talk about his plans at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Capitol.

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