Campaign 2008: U.S. Senate
The head of a key board in Minnesota's
unsettled Senate election says the panel might hear a dispute over
whether to reconsider some rejected absentee ballots.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is giving election officials across the state some direction on how to conduct next week's recount in the U.S. Senate race.
The story an attorney for Democrat Al Franken's U.S. Senate campaign told reporters in order to illustrate claims that valid absentee ballots were wrongly rejected, turns out to be false.
A judge has dismissed a legal complaint
filed by Sen. Norm Coleman against his Democratic opponent, Al
Franken, over a claim in a Franken TV commercial.
The jury that will rule on disputed
ballots in the Minnesota Senate recount includes the Democratic
secretary of state, two Supreme Court justices appointed by a
Republican governor and two district judges whose politics are
harder to gauge.
President-elect Barack Obama didn't just win Minnesota's electoral votes last week; he also won the kids' vote.
Both the Franken and Coleman campaigns say they're working on amassing hundreds of attorneys and volunteers to monitor the counting, while campaign finance laws will now allow maxed-out contributors to donate to the campaigns again.
As the state gears up for a recount, Al Franken and Sen. Norm Coleman are engaged in a public relations battle that political observers say is intended to influence who will be the winner.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken says it is clear that the votes in Minnesota's Senate race need to be recounted, given how close the results are. He rejected calls by Republican incument Norm Coleman for him to concede the race.
Franken spoke to MPR's Gary Eichten on Midday today.
Coleman declared himself the winner of Tuesday's election but
Franken said he would let the recount play out, hoping it would
erase the incumbent's 439-vote lead out of nearly 2.9 million
Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain by almost 10 percentage points in Minnesota, but that wave of support didn't propel U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken to a decisive victory over Norm Coleman.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie told reporters today the recount to decide the U.S. Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken will involve hundreds of people and will cost at least $90,000.
Republican Norm Coleman is claiming victory in Minnesota's Senate race. But it could be weeks before the state has an official winner. Coleman's lead over Democrat Al Franken is now just 475 votes out of 2.9 million cast. The margin is so narrow it has triggered an automatic recount.
The Associated Press has backed off its earlier declaration that Norm Coleman won re-election to the U.S. Senate, because the margin of victory is so slim it will require a recount.
Minnesota's leading Senate candidates are
turning to heavy hitters on the last day before the election, and crisscrossing the state to appeal to their supporters to go to the polls tomorrow.