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Al Franken Will Likely Be Senator Franken?

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

What looked completely unlikely just a few weeks ago has turned around for the funnyman as he has won some key decisions in the past week and is now ahead by just 46 votes. That’s right…46 votes. From the Star Tribune: A state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday narrowed the options available for Sen. Norm Coleman […]

December 25th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Obama’s Vote Margin Larger Than Reagan’s In 1980

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, History, Voting

In fact, it’s the widest margin ever for any non-incumbent who has won the POTUS. Check out these numbers… So maybe it really was a landslide? Still, as Nate Silver points, if you slice this onion a different way and look at the votes as a % of the total registered voters, Reagan comes out […]

November 27th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Minnesota Board To Rule On Rejected Absentee Ballots

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

The plot thickens… The state’s five member Canvassing Board, which oversees the recount, is meeting to decide how to deal with thousands of absentee ballots that are not included in the recount. Franken’s campaign says the ballots were wrongly rejected, and that about 6,400 ballots were wrongly disqualified. Coleman’s team says the board doesn’t have […]

November 26th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Coleman Expands Lead, Likely To Win

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

With more than 3/4ths of the precincts counted, it looks like Franken will fall short, barring some wild turn around in how these votes are shaking out. Still, FiveThirtyEight thinks there’s a chance… The Star Tribune now puts Coleman’s lead at 180 votes, and the Secretary of State, 167 votes. (The Star Tribune’s tally appears […]

November 23rd, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Coleman’s Lead Down To 136 After Second Recount Day

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Minnesota, Voting

I’m following the Minnesota recount pretty closely because we could potentially have the makings of a super majority on our hands if Franken wins the recount and Jim Martin is able to beat Saxby Chambliss in Georgia. In any event, after the first day Franken had cut Coleman’s lead from 215 to 172. And today […]

November 21st, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

More On Minnesota Recount

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

The Hardball panel dissects the weirdness going on up in Minnesota. Long story short, whoever wins has the best lawyers…much like Florida in 2000. Tweet

November 20th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Al, Don’t Be Greedy

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

As I noted last night, the Minnesota recount is under way and Al Franken made up some serious ground in the first day. Still, why is he contesting the above ballot? More from StarTribune: The bubble beside Norm Coleman’s name appeared to have both an X and a squiggle in it, but the Al Franken […]

November 20th, 2008 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

McCain Wins Missouri

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, McCain, Missouri, Voting

Well, my home state definitely took its sweet damn time announcing this, but now it’s finally official that we picked Mac, which means we’ve picked the loser for only the 2nd time in the past 100 years. Here’s more… The narrow McCain Missouri victory, by just 3,902 votes out of 2,888,000 cast, means that Missouri […]

November 19th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Dem’s Lead Widens Against Ted Stevens In Alaska Senate Race

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Senate, Voting

Stevens had a 3,200 vote lead on election night, but that has completely evaporated. Yesterday, Doug posted that Mark Begich led by only 3 votes. Today that total is up to around 800. Begich: 132,196 Stevens: 131,382 And the Dems inch closer and closer to a supermajority… Tweet

November 13th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

2008 Turnout Virtually Identical To 2004 Turnout

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Voting

Two days ago I asked the question “Where are the 130M votes?” Well, it seems like my basic math skills beat the predictions. 2004 Vote Total: 121,069,054 2008 Vote Total: 122,145,887 That’s a far cry from the projections of 130M+ we were told on Wednesday, and even with all the absentee and provisional ballots floating […]

November 7th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »