Campaign Confidential

Ugly Franken, Coleman Fight for Minnesota's 'Jewish Seat' Continues

By Brett Lieberman

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A week after the polls closed, there’s no end in sight for the election fight between Norm Coleman and Al Franken for Minnesota’s Jewish Senate seat.

As Politico reports, Coleman’s lead now stands at a meager 206 votes out of more than 2.4 million ballots cast. That’s a difference of 41.99 percent of the vote to 41.98, according to the state’s secretary of state

A mandatory recount is required because the margin is less than 0.5 percent.

The post-election fight has been full of charges of ballot box stuffing, votes seemingly discovered in the middle of the night, and in one case noted by Politico, “an election official from solidly Democratic Hennepin County left 32 absentee ballots in his car, netting Franken an additional 11 votes.”



Comments
James M. Friedlander Fri. Nov 14, 2008

The only reason I can understand for a Franken loss would be that sober Minnesotans might not have the stomach for a comedian representing them on the Senate floor.

A. Shriber Sat. Nov 22, 2008

"... Fight for Minnesota’s ‘Jewish Seat’ Continues" What Jewish seat? Have you people lost your minds. I hope Coleman wins, Al Franken is too freaky to be a Senator.

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