by Todd Beeton, Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 07:40:30 AM EST
As the MN canvassing board met at 9:15am this morning for the second day of review of the challenged ballots in the Minnesota Senate recount, they had in the vicinity of 230 Franken challenges left to review before moving on to the 1,000 or so Coleman challenges (which Team Coleman actually increased by 200 or so late yesterday much to the canvassing board's dismay.)
As of this posting, the board has reviewed a total of 292 ballots, 171 of which have gone to Coleman, 41 of which have gone to Franken and 78 of which have gone to neither. This is a particularly bad result for Coleman considering the bulk of the ballots being reviewed are Franken challenges and thus more likely to go to Coleman than to Franken.
In what appears to be a real time tally, The Minneapolis Star Tribune currently has Coleman's lead at 313 votes but projects Franken to be ahead by the end of the canvassing board's review by 223 votes.
You can watch The Uptake's live feed of the canvassing board meeting below:
Update [2008-12-17 13:48:19 by Todd Beeton]:At a press conference, MN SOS Mark Ritchie expressed his confidence that they are now working at the pace that they need to in order to be done by Friday night. He also hopes that more challenges will be withdrawn. The Star Tribune currently has Coleman's lead at 328. Their ballot challenge projection has Franken up by 244.
Update [2008-12-17 14:12:25 by Todd Beeton]:The MN Supreme Court is now hearing Norm Coleman's claim that the rejected absentee ballots should not be included. The canvassing board will reconvene at 2pm local time.
Update [2008-12-17 15:32:45 by Todd Beeton]:The canvassing board has returned to reviewing challenges. Watching the livestream is actually really interesting, especially since you can sort of play along at home. In the last 5 minutes, Franken has been on a roll having won several votes that were originally named overvotes but which the canvassing board has, I think rightfully, determined the will of the voters as in favor of Franken. After 344 ballots reviewed, Coleman has netted 194 votes and Franken has netted 51.