DFLer Al Franken has an unofficial 49-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, out of about 2.9 million ballots cast. When the recount began on Nov. 19, Coleman led by 215 votes.


• Late Wednesday, the Coleman campaign petitioned the state Supreme Court to scrap the reviews of rejected absentee ballots and start over with a central review in St. Paul of an expanded list of ballots that may have been wrongly excluded.