Republican Norm Coleman's campaign is expected to go to court today to contest the Senate election.
The move comes a day after Democrat Al Franken declared victory in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount, and on the day the Senate convenes in Washington.
Minnesota's Senate recount played out on three fronts Friday: local officials readied unopened
absentee ballots for counting this weekend, the state's highest court kept a legal door open for Sen. Norm Coleman, and a top Republican in Washington hinted at a Capitol battle ahead.
Elections officials around the state are holding meetings to identify and count over 1,300 wrongly rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a motion by Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign calling for an investigation into whether double counting occurred in the U.S. Senate recount. Also today, justices extended the deadline to count any wrongly-rejected absentee ballots.
Now it's on to Norm Coleman's challenges. This morning the State Canvassing Board will begin examining the disputed ballots put forward by the Republican incumbent. That comes after the board spent a day and a half processing most of the challenges put forward by Democrat Al Franken.
The recount operations of Republican Senator Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are flush with millions of dollars in cash. Federal Election Commission reports for fundraising through late last month came due yesterday.