Franken Watch: 221 To Go *important update*
by Scan, Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 04:19:56 PM EST
As of 11/07 at 6pm CST:
Norm Coleman 41.99% (1211556)
Al Franken 41.98% (1211335)
Do the math: Al Franken now trails Norm Coleman by only 221 votes.
The gap was 571 votes when Norm declared "victory" Wednesday morning. And all this is happening even before the hand recount of nearly 3 million votes.
In other words...
YES HE CAN!
UPDATE: The Franken campaign needs us. Via email:
We are going to put staff in place in every county in Minnesota to ensure that every vote is properly counted. And we need you to help fund our effort.Contribute here: Al Franken for Senate Recount Fund.
Believe it or not, this race isn't over. And it looks like it will be decided by just a few votes. We need every resource we can muster to ensure that Minnesotans' voices are heard - and to make sure that every vote is properly counted.
UPDATE II:Very encouraging news from the Star-Tribune:
An Associated Press analysis of the nearly 25,000-vote difference in Minnesota presidential and U.S. Senate race tallies shows that most ballots lacking a recorded Senate vote were cast in counties won by Democrat Barack Obama.
The finding could have implications for Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and DFLer Al Franken, who are headed for a recount separated by the thinnest of margins -- 234 votes as of Friday, or about 0.01 percent. ...
Three counties -- Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis -- account for 10,540 votes in the dropoff. Each saw Obama win with 63 percent or more.
Ballots that showed a presidential vote but no Senate vote are called the "undervote." Statewide, more than 18,000 of those ballots came from counties won by Obama with more than half the vote. About 6,100 were in counties won by Republican John McCain with at least 50 percent.
There's one more critical statistic: About 8,900 people weren't recorded as voting for president, according to county-by-county turnout estimates kept by the Secretary of State's Office.
That nearly 9,000 people would skip the closely watched race is questionable, raising the possibility that as many as 33,700 ballots might be subject to change in a hand recount.
Now we know why Norm so badly wanted Al to immediately concede.
We can take this guy!