Minnesota Recount Adds 87 Votes To Franken’s Total
It’s all done for Coleman, and yet…
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 Frankenâ€™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.