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Franken extends lead over Coleman
Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 7, 2009 | Kevin Duchschere

Posted on 04/07/2009 10:53:48 AM PDT by Zakeet

The Democrat made a net gain today in a count of formerly rejected absentee ballots that pushed his advantage to more than 300 votes in the U.S. Senate race.

Democrat Al Franken today extended his lead over Republican Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate election, following the counting of about 350 formerly rejected absentee ballots this morning by a three-judge panel.

Unofficially, Franken took 198 of the ballots, while Coleman added 111. The ballots added about 87 to Franken’s recount lead, enlarging his margin over Coleman to more than 312.

The result makes it even more likely that, barring an unforeseen circumstance, Franken will prevail in the election lawsuit that Coleman filed in January to contest the Democrat's 225-vote recount lead. The court has not said when it will issue a final decision in the case.

Coleman will appeal the case to the Minnesota Supreme Court, his lawyer Ben Ginsberg said after court adjourned today. One of the grounds for the appeal will be unequal treatment of the ballots, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: coleman; crooks; franken; minnesota; mn2008; noshame; recount; senate; shameless

One step closer to stealing an election.

1 posted on 04/07/2009 10:53:48 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Oh, it’s been stolen for a while now. Just making it look good...


2 posted on 04/07/2009 10:55:29 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Zakeet

The frigging RAT is ahead. Stop counting already.


3 posted on 04/07/2009 10:56:18 AM PDT by upchuck (I'm glad I'm old. Thus I can remember when America was a decent, moral, God fearing country.)
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To: Zakeet

Is stupid thing still going on


4 posted on 04/07/2009 10:56:25 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Zakeet

And watch the Democrats scream if the Republican pulls out that New York House race.


5 posted on 04/07/2009 10:57:50 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: al baby
The judge disallowed the absentee military votes. Coleman's only hope is a complete re-vote.
6 posted on 04/07/2009 10:57:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Zakeet
Franken extends lead over Coleman

Franken will soon be on his way to take his place among his fellow clown-school graduates. Now if only somebody would shove them all into a little clown car and drive it far, far away...

7 posted on 04/07/2009 11:00:29 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Piss on the men and women in Uniform. Where is the aclu those people need to have their votes counted good gravy we are in the toilet


8 posted on 04/07/2009 11:00:31 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

We’re working hard to get a re-vote. Cross your fingers and offer a prayer, friends.

But I’m almost at the point of saying just give it up, Norm!


9 posted on 04/07/2009 11:00:57 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: Zakeet
Here's what's happening from Norm Coleman:

Republican districts followed the law and invalidated absentee ballots that weren't properly cast.

So did Democrat districts.

Franken sued to have absentee ballots recounted and revaluated in Democrat districts.

The challenges don't take account of what has happened at other stages of the election.

Bottom line is that all absentee ballots cast in total are not using the same measurement for validity. They're not being evaluated equally across the board. Some districts allow absentee ballots with problems while others disallow absentee ballots with the same problems.

It's going to end up in the Supreme Court.

10 posted on 04/07/2009 11:01:30 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Seems to me that if you can’t resolve an election that happened five months ago, then there is something fundamentally wrong with the system.


11 posted on 04/07/2009 11:01:35 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Zakeet

Ha!....This same bullshit happened in Washington States governors race! Just keep recounting until ACORN can find enough fraudulent ballots for the Libtard candidate to win!
The F.B.I. should be investigating this garbage!


12 posted on 04/07/2009 11:06:14 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DouglasKC

As long as Franken is kept out, we win.


13 posted on 04/07/2009 11:06:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“The judge disallowed the absentee military votes.”....

What the hell?....Why?


14 posted on 04/07/2009 11:07:26 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Minnesota’s Shame: The wholesale disenfranchisement of absentee military voters.
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/378ltyrg.asp


15 posted on 04/07/2009 11:07:46 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Zakeet
Was there any doubt this insane maniac would win? The RAT machine is running America and will for many years.
16 posted on 04/07/2009 11:09:32 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Zakeet

With all the clowns we have in government, Franken will fit in perfectly anyway. And for 6 years!


17 posted on 04/07/2009 11:10:49 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“only 15.7 percent of its military voters were able to cast a vote that counted in the presidential election. Specifically, of the nearly 22,000 overseas military members and dependents eligible to vote in Minnesota, only
3,362 were able to cast a vote that counted.....”

This is a total disgrace! Every damn time the Libtards somehow get the military vote rejected or reduced! I’m sick of them!


18 posted on 04/07/2009 11:12:17 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DouglasKC
It's going to end up in the Supreme Court.

And the that's where Franken will lose.

19 posted on 04/07/2009 11:12:50 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Zakeet

It would seem that once these elections go to recounts the Dems have the advantage because they have no qualms about cheating. If Minnasotans want a diaper wearing goober to represent them, so be it. They will look like fools.


20 posted on 04/07/2009 11:13:19 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My point to, just keep Franken-stein away from cap hill as many days as they can. Soon the 6 year term will be up and he’ll still be gazing wistfully at the big dome.


21 posted on 04/07/2009 11:14:01 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart.........2012--can't come soon enough.)
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To: Zakeet

It helps when the judge supports counting only some of the absentee ballots.


22 posted on 04/07/2009 11:14:09 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: al baby
Piss on the men and women in Uniform.

Real nice. ::Snort::

23 posted on 04/07/2009 11:15:00 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Zakeet

Last time they did a recount, they counted all of Franken’s contested ballots first, then counted all of Coleman’s. After the first day, when they’d only counted Franken’s, the newspapers reported he had an “insurmountable lead”. The next day, when they counted Coleman’s contests, he caught up with Franken. I wonder if something similar is happening now? Coleman is contesting far more ballots than Franken.


24 posted on 04/07/2009 11:15:46 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg ("the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs" - Jefferson)
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To: DouglasKC

It would appear to me that it’s impossible to have a valid recount. I don’t know why, but it appears to always be rife with cheating at that point. I think probably if the vote is close enough for a recount it should just be a revote. But,I suspect revotes don’t favor Dems because or else they would call for them every time instead of a recount.


25 posted on 04/07/2009 11:16:00 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

The FBI has been politically neutered since Mr. Hoover died. They do real good press conferences though.


26 posted on 04/07/2009 11:16:12 AM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: MEGoody

I was being sarcastic was it not evident?


27 posted on 04/07/2009 11:16:13 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Logical me

Was there any doubt this insane maniac would win? The RAT machine is running America and will for many years.

I agree. You couldn’t be any close to the truth. Tea Parties are fine but when the sopposed deathwath MSM is one sided and Saturday Night Live is a respected news source, the Dems will rule long and comfortably.


28 posted on 04/07/2009 11:16:35 AM PDT by stevecmd
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To: Zakeet
“The three-judge panel presiding over the trial had reviewed nearly 400 on Monday to determine which ones would be opened and counted today.”

The liberal moonbat judges had to sort out the liberal area ballots, witch were the only ones counted.

“Before the start of today’s action, Coleman lawyer Tony Trimble asked for a 15-minute recess to examine the judges’ list of ballots to be counted. Judge Elizabeth Hayden turned him down, saying that they were ready to proceed.”

Nope, you can't look to see how the deck was stacked in favor of Stewart Smallie.

29 posted on 04/07/2009 11:17:18 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: BlueStateBlues

I don’t know, while I feel sorry for anyone who didn’t vote for him having to endure being represented by him, I suspect for Republicans he will be the gift that keeps on giving.


30 posted on 04/07/2009 11:18:05 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: DouglasKC

It should end up in the Supreme Court as this is a violation of the 14th Amendment.

I would not put it past the partisans in the post office to intentionally lose the ballots to ensure they come in late.


31 posted on 04/07/2009 11:18:52 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: brytlea

Without Obama on the ballot, the Dems lose. Their base can’t be bothered to get out and vote otherwise.


32 posted on 04/07/2009 11:21:08 AM PDT by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Zakeet
Somehow this thread and my own reaction to it reminds me of animals in the wild who pause to sniff at the carcass of one of their own who had been brought down by a prey animal and then move on to their own eventual fate.


33 posted on 04/07/2009 11:22:16 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Zakeet
So a fellow who lost an election gets to win it because it was close.

Democrats are ruthless. Minnesotans have in recent years also come to look quite foolish.

Jesse Ventura, the Funeral Celebration over Wellstone’s death, Mondale's ridiculous run for President, and now a sinister clown to represent them in the Senate.

Massachusetts has nothing on these Bizzarro voters and vote counters.


34 posted on 04/07/2009 11:22:27 AM PDT by Radix (Sometimes I wear my sarcasm in my Tag Line)
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To: DouglasKC
Bottom line is that all absentee ballots cast in total are not using the same measurement for validity. They're not being evaluated equally across the board. Some districts allow absentee ballots with problems while others disallow absentee ballots with the same problems.

You were expecting Democrats to support equal protection? Democrats have opposed Amendment XIV for over 130 years now.

35 posted on 04/07/2009 11:24:18 AM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Zakeet

People of this country really needs to pay close attention to this and make damn sure we vote the rest of the morons out of Washington next time any of them come up for reelection..make darn sure we have poll watchers out on numbers so the same thing that is happening here will not happy other places..After we are finished it won’t make a darn bit of difference if this idiot goes to Washington his vote will not count if we have the majority..


37 posted on 04/07/2009 11:27:54 AM PDT by PLD
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To: al baby
I was being sarcastic was it not evident?

You never know on FR. Thanks for clarifying.

38 posted on 04/07/2009 11:29:07 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Zakeet

This is still going on?


39 posted on 04/07/2009 11:35:24 AM PDT by lnzog (I'm from Illinois and I apologize.)
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To: PLD

the onlgoing problem is that everyone wants to keep THEIR personal idiot but wants you to vote out YOUR idiot.

The want to keep their idiot because of the the “free stuff” (aka pork) that is brought home.

Just look at Murtha’s pork project machine, just look at robert byrd’s machine.


40 posted on 04/07/2009 11:39:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

“The judge disallowed the absentee military votes.”....

Now there’s a candidate for burning in effigy. Find that judge’s name and burn his image.


41 posted on 04/07/2009 11:40:03 AM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: DouglasKC

Bush v gore already settled this law... franken will lose if it is as you say it is.

LLS


42 posted on 04/07/2009 11:43:39 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

I suspect that is the case.


43 posted on 04/07/2009 11:50:39 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Zakeet
Photobucket Senator Franken?
44 posted on 04/07/2009 3:09:52 PM PDT by sionnsar ((Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Also sprach Telethustra" - NonValueAdded)
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