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Al Franken to Be Certified Winner in MN; Coleman to Challenge

The Minnesota State Election Board tomorrow will announce Al Franken the winner in that state's contentious Senate race against incumbent Norm Coleman:

Franken"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."

Senator Chuck Schumer indicated that the Senate should seat Franken: "With the Minnesota recount complete, it is now clear that Al Franken won the election. The Canvassing Board will meet tomorrow to wrap up its work and certify him the winner, and while there are still possible legal issues that will run their course, there is no longer any doubt who will be the next Senator from Minnesota."

It's doubtful that will happen easily: "Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called Schumer's comments premature and troubling, since Schumer is the new chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over contested elections."

CNN's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Typical GOP Hypocrisy! Where was Coleman's indignation when in the beginning he was declared the winner in spite of over 5000 absentee ballots having been summarily declared invalid.. Now that the courts have ruled that all the ballots be counted (which they have) and hand examined (by reps from both parties) does the truth come out that Franken won in spite of the GOP attempts to take yet another election.....

    Posted by: alex in Boston | Jan 5, 2009 4:43:09 AM


  2. Typical GOP Hypocrisy! Where was Coleman's indignation when in the beginning he was declared the winner in spite of over 5000 absentee ballots having been summarily declared invalid.. Now that the courts have ruled that all the ballots be counted (which they have) and hand examined (by reps from both parties) does the truth come out that Franken won in spite of the GOP attempts to take yet another election.....

    Posted by: alex in Boston | Jan 5, 2009 4:43:21 AM


  3. I was living in Minnesota when Paul Wellstone died. There was the immediate shock, and lots of pain, and then the election had to go on, and there was Vice President Mondale, and Limbaugh shrieking about the Wellstone Memorial (I went to it, but because the crowd was so big, I ended up in the Annex next door watching on closed-circuit. One Minnesota wingnut was complaining about the subtitles for the deaf that said things like "applause" was actually directions for the crowd.) It was a just insane time, and to see Coleman in the Senate for the past 6 years has always made me angry. I am soooooooooo happy to see Coleman the self-absorbed, self-serving asshole get shown the door.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Jan 5, 2009 6:35:41 AM


  4. Yay! Didn't Coleman recommend Franken bow out in favor of civility or something to that effect? He should follow his own council, be the bigger person and bow out.

    Posted by: db | Jan 5, 2009 11:46:57 AM


  5. It would be a lot easier to flip a coin.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 5, 2009 2:35:33 PM


  6. please remove my comments on your websites.

    Posted by: Merle Dean Shamblin | Jan 16, 2009 1:26:00 AM


  7. please remove my comments on your websites.

    Posted by: Merle Dean Shamblin | Jan 16, 2009 1:26:18 AM


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