Minnesota Recount Adds 87 Votes To Franken’s Total

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Law, Minnesota, Republicans, Senate

It’s all done for Coleman, and yet…

From Star Tribune:

Democrat Al Franken today extended his lead over Republican Norm Coleman in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate election, after the counting of about 350 formerly rejected absentee ballots this morning.

Franken captured 198 of the ballots, while Coleman took 111. The ballots added 87 votes to Franken’s recount lead, enlarging his margin over Coleman to 312.

The result makes it even more likely that, barring an unforeseen circumstance, Franken will prevail in the election lawsuit that Coleman filed in January to contest the Democrat’s 225-vote recount lead. The three-judge panel presiding over the case has not said when it will issue a final decision.

Coleman will appeal the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court, his lawyer Ben Ginsberg said after today’s proceedings. One of the grounds for the appeal will be unequal treatment of the ballots, Ginsberg said.

Hopefully we’ll have a resolution soon because this is getting ridiculous. And then Coleman can challenge Franken in the next election. But Minnesotans deserve a final decision as soon as possible because they need a representative in the Senate.

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One Response to “Minnesota Recount Adds 87 Votes To Franken’s Total”

  1. gerryf Says:

    I am somewhat surprised the left hasn’t been screaming to high heaven that Coleman is depriving Minnesotans of representation with his stall tactices–you know the right would have been running this into the ground long before now.

    Shoot, it took less than 15 minutes for the right to scream Franken was an immoral, unpatriotic communist who sleeps with pigs and how dare he not concede!

    Wonder where all those people who were screaming for someone to concede now that all the ballots have actually been counted went?

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