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Al Franken buys Mill City condo; eyes 2008 "Purple State" Senate run 

Salon's got a rambling interview with the comic today in which he and various pundits handicap his chances of unseating Republican Norm Coleman. The talking heads like his chances; but then, apparently, they liked Howard Dean's chances, too.

"He has national reach; his name and who he is will attract small contributors and large contributors from all over the country, so a lot of little folks too," says Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign. "In that way he's like the Dean campaign because he's really somebody that can energize not just Minnesota but around the country, to get involved and contribute."

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