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12-19-08, 10:01 PM #1
Democrat Al Franken has pulled ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in Minnesota's still unresolved U.S. Senate
(CNN) -- Democrat Al Franken has pulled ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in Minnesota's still unresolved U.S. Senate race, according to a running tally on the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Web site.
Late Friday morning, the newspaper's tally put Franken ahead by 102 votes. Coleman's lead had fallen to single digits Thursday evening.
But the race remains fluid: The results reported by the newspaper are ongoing, with hundreds of challenged ballots still to be reviewed.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has said that he and four other members on the Canvassing Board will not end their workday until all remaining challenges have been reviewed.
One major wild card that remains are roughly 4,000 ballots that were originally challenged by the campaigns, who have since withdrawn those challenges. The secretary of state's office has yet to declare how or when those ballots willbe awarded to the candidates.
About 3 million votes were cast in the election, and the close result tripped an automatic recount.
Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and writer, gained several hundred votes Thursday night as the board ruled on ballot challenges from both sides, the newspaper reported.
"When the recount is over and all the votes that were legally cast are counted, Al Franken will have won this election and will be declared the winner," Marc Elias, Franken's lead recount attorney, told the newspaper.
Talk about stealing an election.
12-19-08, 10:17 PM #2
Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:
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We went through that in 2004 with our Governor's race. Odd how ballots magically appeared. Flat out stolen.
12-22-08, 09:13 AM #4
Yea they must have found some more in the trunk of another car.
12-22-08, 10:40 AM #5
Don't even get me started on this race...The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
12-22-08, 10:44 AM #6
You think Minnesota will resolve this election before the term is over?
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12-22-08, 02:46 PM #7
No clue. It definitely won't be settled before 2009.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
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