Skip to comments.Franken's deficit: 236 votes
Posted on 11/07/2008 6:32:02 AM PST by steve-b
Just as Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was explaining to reporters the recount process in one of the narrowest elections in Minnesota history, an aide rushed in with news: Pine County's Partridge Township had revised its vote total upward -- another 100 votes for Democratic candidate Al Franken, putting him within .011 percentage points of Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.
The reason for the change? Exhausted county officials had accidentally entered 24 for Franken instead of 124 when the county's final votes were tallied at 5:25 Wednesday morning.
"That's why we have recounts," Ritchie said, surveying the e-mail sent in from the county auditor. "Human error. People make mistakes."
The margin in the tightest Senate race in the country bounced like the stock market throughout the day, with the difference between Coleman and Franken dropping, then rising briefly to 590 votes before shooting down to a razor-thin 236 by day's end.
In a reversal of the previous day, when Coleman had declared victory and suggested that Franken should waive a recount, Coleman kept to himself on Thursday, while Franken called reporters to talk about the prospects for a continued narrowing of the count....
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Is there no decent, patriotic statesman of a Democrat on the planet.
Guess I just answered my own question....I just pray he is not allowed to steal it from Coleman.
In 1948, Lydon B. Johnson did the same in Texas - finding “lost” ballots for the Senate race. He was then called Lying Johnson.
This will be razor thin, whoever wins.
Exhausted officials wrote down a wrong number?
Do they use paper ballots in Minn? Why would there be such chance for human error if they use optical scanners, touch screens, or even the Florida style punchcards? All of those are supposed to produce clean re-counts, aren’t they? Just wondering...........
Oops! Only a couple more hundred left to find! Keep recounting!
I’d puke, but being this is an article about Franken, that would be redundant.
Thios was a common practice in Texas, republican and democrat. John Connely was his campaign manager and he spelled out the details in several interviews. Johnson had lost before when the other guy, “found” enough votes to win.
They use Optical Scanners for hand filled out ballots in all the MN precincts.
He came up short..................
There is no question as to who will win. It will be Franken. Since the race was a statistical dead heat, any of the corrections should mirror the election results. That they (always) seem to benefit the rat, you can conclude that it is only a matter of time before the democrat machine steals another Senate seat.
Attorney Barr McClellan, the father of our dear Scotty the Bush Basher, wrote a book about Lyndon Johnson’s voting fraud and how he had ordered Kennedy’s assasination. Everything was known to his Texan friends for years. Very violent manner of making politics
keep counting.........it will eventually end up the way you want it........after all the left is responsible for the condition of our educational system and we all know what condition that is.
Minnesotans must be complete morons for this to be even close. Where was that idiot Jesse Ventura from again?
>prospects for a continued narrowing of the count....
The rats will cheat, lie and make crap up to win every time.
Democratic workers entered 24 instead of 124 my @$$.
How could anybody “enter” anything, in that case?
This happened in Washington State for Gov and I am sure they will keep finding votes for the Asshat.
I just saw the LBJ edition of American Experience. About half way through it was clear to me that LBJ certainly had personal motive. He was driven to the power and both Kennedys had him in check as VP. Looked like Kennedy would be in office for 8 years and LBJ’s career was over for all practical purposes.
Is it over yet?
Oh sure they did. Now if they can just discover two more similar "mistakes" Franken is in.
exactly. Not to say Kennedy’s awful weakness against Cuba and the USSR. LBJ said “Time for change, yes we can” and they did it.
I simply cannot believe folks take Al Franken seriously.
They are either mad as in crazy or mad as in angry. Pitifully angry.
This is why the left dislikes electronic voting. With electronic tallies, every time you look in the register, the same number is there. With paper, it’s oddley different every time you count.
Oh, look, I found an EEPROM chip on the floor in the bathroom, and it has 1600 votes for (D) on it!
Sounds like the fix is in.
Excuse me, but only half of Minnesotans must be complete morons-- and they seem to be mostly concentrated in the population centers. Probably not much different than in your state.
There’s no way the comedian loses this election.
I bet he wins...
He will be the icing on the cake.
Cant wait to hear him to so eloquently represent his party in the famed halls of congress.
In every case like this, the newly discovered votes always favor the Democrat, yet no one ever questions this obvious improbability. America seems content with voter fraud and rigged elections. We are doomed.
How’d the Iron Range vote on Franken/Coleman ?
This is really sad that this race is this close. Coleman should have won by a landslide.
notice how democrats manage to “find votes” the most often.
now we have provisional ballot fights.
Hey that is great to hear! Glad that there are a few decent ones left who do the right thing, unfortunate that we don’t often see that on the national stage.
Time for the Supremes to act.
I bet nobody finds “extra votes” for Coleman.
That’s not the only deficit that Franken has. He is mentally unbalanced which will make him a perfect fit in the organization of liberal pansies that we’ve elected to ruin our nation.
Unknown-- but I can guess. LOT of union influence up there.
It boggles the mind that a bottom-feeding, classless turd like Franken could come this close to winning a senate seat.
What the hell is wrong with you people in MN?
Wow, looks like 50% of Minnesotans are just as dumb as the 52% that voted for Buttcrack Hussein.
The will continue to recount until Franken is ahead and then declare the counting to be over. It was Gore’s plan and only the Supreme Court could stop it.
I didn’t think this election could disgust me more. I was wrong.
I guess he was smart enough and doggonit people like him but I guess he wasn’t good enough.
Dude (or Dudette)! You're from Illinois!
People in glass houses and all of that. Just because our loons tend to be loonier, and yours tend to be more crooked doesn't mean we should start calling names. ;-)