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(CNN) – Former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has not given up the fight for Minnesota’s Senate seat.
Monday Coleman personally attended the first day of the trial where a three judge panel is considering testimony in his post-election challenge.
In a statement also issued Monday, Coleman took issue with several aspects of the recount recently concluded by a state canvassing board which declared Democrat Al Franken the winner in a very tight race against Coleman.
“I will remain actively engaged through the election contest trial, as I have done through every step of these post-election proceedings,” Coleman said in the statement.
“I have great confidence in my legal team and I remain fully confident that if these issues are properly addressed - if no vote is counted twice, if consistent standards are applied, and if no voter is disenfranchised – I will end up where I was on Election Day: in the lead on my way back to the United States Senate.”
–CNN All Platform Journalist Chris Welch contributed to this report.