The outcome in the US Senate is still in doubt more than two weeks after the election -- and with it the possible fate of President-elect Barack Obama's agenda.
Democrats hold 58 seats in the Senate that takes office in January (counting independents Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who usually vote with them), and they're within reach of 60 -- and a possible filibuster-proof majority -- with races in Georgia and Minnesota still up in the air.
"The elections aren't over," Obama, himself, says in a radio ad starting to air today across Georgia on behalf of Democrat Jim Martin, who faces Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss in a Dec. 2 runoff.
"I want to urge you to turn out one more time and help elect Jim Martin to the United States Senate," continues Obama, who has also dispatched hundreds of his staffers and canvassers. "Jim Martin's a man of his word, and I know he'll do everything he can in the Senate to help me change Washington."
Chambliss, meanwhile, will get some help today from former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who will appear at public rallies and private fund-raisers.
In Minnesota, GOP incumbent Norm Coleman's 215-vote margin over Democrat Al Franken prior to an ongoing recount appears to be shrinking.
After two days of counting, results reported Thursday to the secretary of state put Coleman's lead at 129 votes, the Associated Press reported. But there are almost 60 percent of 2.9 million ballots still to be reviewed, and there's a growing pile of disputed ballots between the two sides.
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