[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/19/minnesota.senate.race/art.coleman.franken.gi.jpg caption=" Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, left, has a slim lead over Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's Senate race."] (CNN) - Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's unofficial lead over Democrat Al Franken shrank to five votes as a Minnesota Canvassing Board continued analyzing ballots from the November 4 Senate election, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday.
About 3 million votes were cast in the election, and the close result tripped an automatic recount.
Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and writer, gained several hundred votes Thursday night as the board ruled on ballot challenges from both sides, the newspaper reported.