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Senate Race Ballot Recount

With nearly two-thirds of the nearly 3 million ballots counted, officials hope to finish the recount in the U.S. senate race before Thanksgiving the Pioneer Press reported.

The recount has been ordered to determine whether Republican U.S. Senator Norm Coleman will retain his senate seat or if Democratic candidate Al Franken will replace him.

The post-election tally had Coleman leading by 215 votes. At last count, Coleman's lead has been reduced to 167.

These margin, however, does not include roughly 1,893 rejected ballots currently being challenged by both sides.

According to the Star Tribune, both sides are fighting over whether or not to reexamine these ballots.

On Wednesday, both sides will meet at a state Canvassing Board hearing in order to determine if the rejected absentee ballots are in or out.

If the Canvassing Board decides to allow the review of the previously rejected absentee ballots, many still unexamined votes could be added into the race.