April 7th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Final tallying begins in MN Senate trial

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - The trial to resolve Minnesota's disputed U.S. Senate race may soon be over - but get ready for appeals, say attorneys involved in the case.

The three judge panel on Tuesday is reviewing and potentially counting nearly 400 absentee ballots that they decided last week should be added to the tally.

In the end, it could be disappointing news for former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, who had originally asked for 1,300 ballots to be added. Now Coleman - who brought forth the trial after Democratic challenger Al Franken came out ahead in the statewide recount by a mere 225 votes out of 3 million - will have a much smaller pool of votes to work with to overturn Franken's lead.

Even if the counting wraps up by the end of the day, there has been no indication by the judges when a final ruling in the case could come.

If the judges were to make a decision and Franken again comes out on top, Coleman attorneys say they'll take their case to the state's high court. They have also not ruled out the possibility of calling upon the federal courts to get involved.

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