Campaign 2008: U.S. Senate
Scott and Wright counties will start recounting their votes in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race today. With just three days until the recounting is expected to end, 93 percent of the vote has been recounted and the campaigns for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken have challenged 6,000 ballots.
Al Franken's attorney said today he's concerned about ballots that he says are missing in the Senate recount. The Franken campaign says it's investigating why, in some areas, more ballots were counted on Election Day than were found during the recount.
The fate of thousands of rejected absentee ballots in the U.S. Senate race could be determined Wednesday when the State Canvassing Board meets to discuss the issue. Democrat Al Franken's campaign is asking the five member board to consider the ballots and whether elections officials made the right decision when they discarded the ballots.
The latest official numbers on the Minnesota Senate recount have the pile of contested ballots growing. It now stands at nearly 3,600.
Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount enters its sixth day Tuesday, with Republican incumbent Norm Coleman still holding a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Al Franken.
Minnesota is entering the second week of the U.S. Senate recount. About two-thirds of the ballots have been recounted, and election officials are working to finish the remaining precincts by a December 5 deadline. But the recount may not end the matter.
The number of challenged ballots in the Senate recount has reached a level that has made the slim margin between the two leading candidates meaningless. With more than half of the precincts now recounted, the number of ballots challenged by both Al Franken and Norm Coleman is above the 215 vote margin by which Coleman led Franken at the end of the first count.
It's like the campaign never ended. Senate candidates Al Franken and Norm Coleman are still raising money, their campaigns are still trading barbs and they have staff and volunteers fanned out across the state to press for advantage in the recount. But there is one thing that's not like the campaign: Minnesotans don't get to vote again.
It is day two of what Republican Senator Norm Coleman's campaign has dubbed the "Great Minnesota Recount." The numbers from the first day of the state-mandated Senate race recount show, of the ballots that are not in dispute, both Coleman and Democrat Al Franken lost votes from the initial count.
It's your turn to be an election official. Decide which candidate gets to count the vote from these ballots, or not.
Local election officials throughout Minnesota said there was a mostly smooth start today to the manual recount of votes in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.
Senate candidate Al Franken has met with
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to brief him on the recount in
Election officials throughout Minnesota have begun recounting nearly three million ballots to determine who won the U.S. Senate race.
The State Canvassing Board is expected to order a recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race when it meets today Tuesday in St. Paul. Democrat Al Franken's campaign will also make a last ditch plea that the board examine rejected absentee ballots before certifying the race results.
Democrat Al Franken says he'll be in
Washington, D.C., this week to meet with Democratic Senate leaders.