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Franken-Coleman among ‘nastiest’ races in recent history

The Washington Post today named the 2008 Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman one of the 10 nastiest of the past 30 years.

WASHINGTON — A year and a day ago, the epic Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman finally came to a close.

But while the race will be most remembered for the seemingly-endless recount that wound up lasting until July, the race will also go down in the annals of history as being a particularly nasty affair.

In fact, according to the Washington Post, one of the 10 nastiest Senate races of the past 30 years.

Here is Post reporter Chris Cillizza’s take on the epic race:

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From the start, it was clear that neither Coleman nor Franken would make any pretense about playing “Minnesota nice” in this race. Republicans could barely hide their glee as they gathered a huge opposition research file on Franken’s myriad past public writings and statements. Democrats, who had hated Coleman every since he switched parties in the 1990s, were ready to do whatever it took to end his career. The ads were incredibly nasty; Coleman attacked Franken as temperamentally unfit to serve in the Senate in an ad that featured the Democrat repeatedly cursing. National Democrats hit back with an ad that all-but-blamed the death of a Minnesota man in Iraq on Coleman. The race was not just mean but also incredibly close; Franken eventually was declared the winner six months after the election

Read the whole article, and check out the rest of the top 10, here.