Franken To Be Declared The Winner

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Coleman will challenge this in the courts, but it appears as if Al will become the Senator from Minnesota.

From CNN:

The canvassing board on Monday will say a recount determined Franken won by 225 votes, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told CNN.

However, Coleman’s campaign, which contends the recount should have included about 650 absentee ballots it says were improperly rejected in the initial count, has indicated it will challenge the certification.

Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said his team believes the recount process was broken and that “the numbers being reported will not be accurate or valid.”

“The effort by the Franken campaign, supported by the secretary of state, to exclude improperly rejected absentee ballots is indefensible and disenfranchises hundreds of Minnesota voters,” Sheehan said.

After the results are certified, Coleman’s campaign will have seven days to file a challenge.

Honestly, this feels like a tie to me and I wish they’d just do a runoff election. That seems to be the only truly fair way to determine who is actually the winner in this one. And if I were Franken, I’d request something like this because he could be seen as an illegitimate winner. Hardly what you want if you’re a junior/celebrity Senator.

  • Rob

    I am not sure why it feels like a tie to you. 225 votes is not a tie. EVERY time they decide to count more votes Franken ends up with more votes.

    Also, Coleman’s campaign may say they want to count more votes, but that is exactly the opposite of the truth. It is the Coleman campaign that is trying to not count votes, and the Franken campaign that is trying to count all votes.

  • pico

    Not to take one side or the other here, but Franken would lose if there were a runoff election, and he likely knows it. Democrats tend to win when there’s a high turnout and lose when there’s a low turnout. As an example, just look at what happened with the runoff election in Georgia a little over a month ago–a low turnout led to a comfortable Republican win. Without the excitement drummed up by Obama to mobilize Minnesota democrats and young people, Coleman would have a comfortable margin of victory.