Al Franken's Lead Grows in Recount

Big news:

Democrat Al Franken today extended his lead over Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate election, following the counting of about 350 formerly rejected absentee ballots this morning by a three-judge panel.

Unofficially, Franken took nearly 200 of the ballots, while Coleman added a little more than 100. The ballots added about 90 to Franken's recount lead, enlarging his margin over Coleman to more than 300.

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 court has not said when it will issue a final decision in the case.

With Norm Coleman's legal efforts in state courts largely unsuccessful (he still reserves the right to appeal to the state Supreme Court, though the current proceedings have dealt his candidacy serious setbacks) and his hopes in the federal courts even thinner, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel -- may be -- for Al Franken. More as we hear it, though...

Update [2009-4-7 13:27:9 by Todd Beeton]:Thanks, Norm! As a result of the former Senator's lawsuit, these ballots were opened and counted and the result reinforces what we've seen since election day: the more votes that are counted, the more Al Franken's lead grows. Tell Norm to give it up.

Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota, MN-Sen, norm coleman, Senate 2008 (all tags)

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7 Comments

Re: Al Franken's Lead Grows in Recount

Pre-Election polls had Norm leading by 4% but Franken leading in the absentees by 10%.

The counts have pretty much shown at least that.

This makes Norm's continued appeals even less about winning.

by Judeling 2009-04-07 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Al Franken's Lead Grows in Recount

Pawlenty says he won't sign anything until all appeals are exhausted.  The US Senate seriously needs to consider provisionally seating Franken already.

by Skaje 2009-04-07 09:54AM | 0 recs
I don't think there's anyway they legally can

Minnesota law requires the signature by the Governor and Secretary of State. Pawlenty and Ritchie need to decide to seat Franken provisionally.

by DTOzone 2009-04-07 10:00AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't think there's anyway they legally can

Pawlenty wants a spot in the 2012 VP stakes, so I think he carries the water for the party until his hand is absolutely forced.

Sadly, I think this drags on through the summer.

But, the Republicans should know, after Bush, when they were all "Stop the recount" now, with Coleman, it is recount forever, there HAS to be a payback.

The next squeaker Republican win, the Democrats had better go to the matt and deliver the pain back to these bastards...No more Al Gore nice guy, payback is a serious you know what!

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-07 12:31PM | 0 recs
Lawsuits were never about winning for Coleman

At least, not since the recount ended.  The Republican caucus is succeeding in their short-sighted scheme to rob a blue state of one of its senators.

Quite frankly, as I do my income taxes, it occurs to me that I'm paying full taxes without full legislative representation.

Taxation without representation.  I should throw a tea party.

by Dracomicron 2009-04-07 10:51AM | 0 recs
Taxation without Representation Tea Party

Join the party.  Paying taxes without any Senate representation ain't much fun either!

by Mr DC 2009-04-07 03:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Al Franken's Lead Grows in Recount

and his hopes in the federal courts even thinner, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel

What does Coleman's chance of prevailing in federal court have to do with his decision whether or not to pursue the challenge and drag things out? He's already moved on to another job, and it perfectly willing to let himself be used by the RNC to delay seating Franken as long as possible.

The light at the end of the tunnel is just a reflection from the shiny foreheads of the RNC and henchman who will still firmly block this as long as they can.

by fsm 2009-04-07 11:04AM | 0 recs

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