Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) campaign said a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court denying a request to block a state board's decision to include allegedly doubly-counted votes will "ensure" a challenge to the election.

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The Coleman campaign released the following statement from lead recount attorney Fritz Knaak:
The decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court today virtually guarantees two things in this recount.