Minnesota Recount Over. Franken Up 225 Votes.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Minnesota, Voting

However, Norm Coleman is going to the courts to add even more rejected absentee ballots. Still, to overcome a 225 votes deficit at this point seems extremely unlikely.

Here’s more from the Star Tribune…

DFLer Al Franken held an unofficial lead of 225 votes over Coleman, according to a newspaper tally of the officials’ count of the absentee ballots. Franken had led unofficially by 49 votes going into the day and gained a net 176 votes from the new ballots.

With the recount complete, focus immediately shifted to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which continued to consider a request from the Coleman campaign to alter the process and add more absentee ballots to be reconsidered. But by early evening there was no word from the state’s highest court as to when it would rule or hear arguments. [...]

Under state law, an election certificate formally naming a winner cannot be issued until all legal disputes are resolved.

The lawsuit, called an election contest, is expected to center on the issue of the excluded absentee ballots as well as disputes over ballots the Coleman campaign believes were double counted and a decision to use Election Day machine totals, rather than recount totals, in a Minneapolis precinct where more than 100 ballots went missing.

How bleak are things for Coleman?

Nate Silver explains…

Either way, a number of legal stratagems that might have seemed appealing to the Coleman campaign might now be somewhat mooted. For instance, even if all 130 ballots that the Coleman campaign claimed were double-counted for Franken were removed from his tally (but no ballots at all had been double-counted for Coleman), Franken would maintain a significant advantage. With Franken doing so well among the absentee ballots that were counted today, moreover, any Coleman attempts to get more absentee ballots counted would seem to have a high risk of backfiring.

So I think the best shot Coleman has right now is to try and get a reelection…which seems highly unlikely given the new margin of victory Franken has.

More as it develops…

(Thanks to Jake Dahn for the tip.)

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3 Responses to “Minnesota Recount Over. Franken Up 225 Votes.”

  1. Donklephant » Blog Archive » Cornyn Threatens Filibuster if Franken Seated Says:

    [...] by Justin: With the recount technically over, Franken leads by 225 votes. This entry was posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 and is filed under 2008 Election, [...]

  2. Minn to Mass Says:

    Coleman has finally reached the end of his rhetoric and it is going to come back and bite him now. The declaration of his victory when it was clearly too close to call, his calls for Franken to concede when the State mandated a recount, his pledge to drop out if he were to be trailing (as it initially looked like Franken was), the accusations of Franken’s people ‘arbitrarily’ rejecting ballots when in fact it was his people rejecting many more, etc.

    This does not even begin to address the unbelievable new low in SMEAR CAMPAIGNS that took place in Minnesota this past year.

    Time for a change in Minnesota. I hope they seat Franken right next to Cornyn!

  3. Tom Says:

    The Minn government should do all it can to insure that every discernible vote is counted no matter what party wants it done.

    Let Coleman have his way.

    Whatever the outcome so be it.

    But the object should always be to count the most votes humanly possible.

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