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Franken gets easy win

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota voters on Tuesday narrowed 16 U.S. Senate candidates down to the three who were favored all along.

Comedian Al Franken beat attorney Priscilla Lord Faris and five others in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary, and Sen. Norm Coleman trounced token challenger Jack Shepard on the Republican side. Dean Barkley whipped six other Independence Party candidates.

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