Coleman Wins Recount, Too, But Race Not Over
The recount of the Minnesota Senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democratic comedian Al Franken has concluded, with Coleman still slightly ahead. Still up in the air, though, is the fate of 133 “missing” ballots (which are almost certainly an accounting error) and a passel of “challenged” ballots that will have to be adjudicated by the state Canvassing Board on December 16.
Pending the fate of the missing ballots, the Star Tribune calculates that Republican Sen. Norm Coleman leads Democrat Al Franken by 192 votes — a margin 23 votes narrower than the 215-vote lead that Coleman was awarded by the state Canvassing Board just before the recount began Nov. 19.
The Secretary of State’s Office, leaving out the disputed precinct altogether, shows Coleman ahead of Franken by 687 votes.
The Franken campaign reached yet another conclusion — Franken ahead by four votes — by including a projection on 6,655 ballots challenged by both campaigns.
Franken looks like an idiot for continuing to claim he’s ahead when he’s been behind from the get-go. It’s politically shrewd, however, because it keeps his partisans revved up and will allow him to perpetuate the idea that the election was somehow stolen from him if and when Coleman is finally judged the winner.