Skip to comments.Franken campaign claims first lead in recount
Posted on 12/03/2008 12:39:11 PM PST by jessduntno
Al Frankens campaign claims it now holds a 22-vote lead in the U.S. Senate race with just 138,000 votes left to be recounted. This figure contrasts with other tabulations, based on numbers from the Minnesota Secretary of States Office, that show Coleman maintaining a 303-vote lead.
The Franken numbers differ in a couple of respects from the SOS data. Most importantly the Democratic camps vote tally relies on the call made by local election officials in determining which candidate an individual intended to support. By contrast the other tallies dont take into consideration the roughly 6,000 ballots that have been challenged by both campaigns. In addition, the Franken campaigns figures include recount data that came in after the SOSs 8 p.m. daily deadline for posting information.
Marc Elias, the Franken campaigns lead recount attorney, stated at a press conference today that he believes an overwhelming majority of the challenges will ultimately be ruled to be without merit. Thus when we set out internally to decide how we track the results thus far, we assume that all of the challenges, on both sides, will be overruled by the canvassing board, he noted, and that the judgment of the neutral, non-partisan election official at the counting table will be upheld.
Elias also announced that the Franken campaign intends to rescind 633 challenges that it has determined are without merit. Unless the Coleman campaigns takes similar action, this means that Colemans lead as tabulated using the SOS figures will likely grow when the new figures are released this evening. As of last night the Republicans campaign had challenged 183 more ballots than its Democratic counterpart.
The final four counties Winona, Rock, Redwood and Wright began their recounts today. The entire process is expected to conclude by Friday.
(Excerpt) Read more at minnesotaindependent.com ...
He is so full of crap. He has no lead. Al Franken makes Obama look like a saint
This is just rich. Classic “repeat a lie until it becomes reality”.
And the RINO govenor? He lay low.
If as first you don’t succeed, recount and recount again till you do.
Franken WILL steal this election.....
It’s amazing to watch the Dems do this every election cycle. Statistically one would think that one of these recounts would at some point favor the Republican.
Strangely they all favor the Democrats — especially when missing ballots turn up. Hilarious.
The only one who thinks he has a lead is Franken, and that is by 22 votes. Everyone else agrees Coleman’s lead has actually increased since the recount started. I guess maybe Coleman should concede so Al can take his Senate seat.
Lovely. Now the Dems take MN.
Every close race has somehow ended up as Dem victory: OR, AK, now MN.
Only a revote in GA saved Chambliss.
I always ask people who say Bush was not legal elected, just when Gore was ahead in the Florida vote count? They all swear that he was, but of course, that never happened.
They wouldn’t know. Franken is the one that knows the fix is in. I’m sure they’re scheduled to find more “votes” for Franken in the refrigerator, just enough to put him over the top.
That state should be embarrassed not only because their process seems to be very bad...but also that Franken was even close enough for a recount.
It's sort of like a "shadow government." A "shadow election"a replica of the real one, but arranged the way you'd like it to be. He can dream, can't he?
At least the Brits don't claim the "shadow" is the real thing.
Recount, recount, recount until your guy magically has a lead then “STOP!! WE WON”
Right out of the Dem’s playbook.
“He is so full of crap. He has no lead”
This is all about throwing up enough doubt so as to offer cover for the Senate to seat him rather than Coleman.
“Every close race has somehow ended up as Dem victory: OR, AK, now MN.”
Odds are on their side...even if they have to cheat to put them there...remember their rally cry is “the ends justify the means”......
It appears that all the psychotherapy for co-dependency, etc has paid off.
Franken creates his own vote count showing him ahead so he can get the U.S. Senate to decide the election. I don’t think he’ll get away with this.
Won’t be long and He’ll have won by a landslide, an He’ll claim a mandate to run the Senate
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