On Saturday, election officials counted 933 ballots that both the Franken and Coleman campaigns agreed were wrongly tossed out. With the recount complete, Franken leads with 225, according to the Strib. Some folks are saying he’ll be able to declare victory as soon as Monday. Strib:
At least two things, however, still stand in the way of Franken becoming Minnesota’s newest U.S. senator: the possibility of a ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court that more wrongly rejected absentee ballots should be counted, and a legal contest that Coleman attorneys all but promised should Franken prevail.
Seems like both possibilities are at least likely, with the latter being a sure bet.
One of the comments under the Strib’s story, by a mnhusker4:
We now know that Franken made up about 1,000 votes since election night. We also know that this is statistically impossible. Good thing that ACORN had Ritchie on their side…Minnesota’s reputation will be flawed forever if the courts allow Franken to steal this election.
Call me a sore loser but I tend to agree with this concerned conservative. Though, I should say, it ain’t over until Franken’s walking the streets of Washington with that goofy grin on his face.
If he’s won fair and square, I say, obviously, the people of Minnesota have spoken and should reap the rewards (or the havoc) of their elected Senator.
If he hasn’t, that’s another thing entirely. I haven’t followed this as closely as some (waiting for Philip Klein’s input here) nor have I followed up with some of the folks I know at Coleman’s camp and frankly (no pun intended) don’t quite understand some of the rifraf going on, but it looks a little fishy. And that’s no euphemism.
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