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Franken camp: Down by 50 Votes in Minnesota Race. December 2, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in '08 Election, News, Politics, Voting.
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Courtesy Rawstory:

Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken’s campaign says he trails Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by just 50 votes as the recount of ballots in Minnesota nears its conclusion.

Marc Elias, the Franken campaign’s lead attorney, told reporters the margin was based on tallies from observers in recount locations. Elias also said he’s optimistic at the prospects to have some of the more than 9,000 rejected absentee ballots re-added to the count as elections officials begin sorting through the ballots based on the reason they were rejected.

Whatever happens, Elias vowed to fight on “until every vote has been fairly and accurately counted,” even if that means asking the US Senate to intervene. Of the rejected absentee ballots, Elias estimate as many as 1,000 represent legitimate votes that should be counted.

“Whether that happens at the county level, before the canvassing board, in the courts or before the United States Senate, we are more confident than ever that will happen,” he said.

While the 50-vote tally separating the candidates was far narrower than estimates from local newspapers, Elias acknowleged, he said it sought to correct for “frivolous” ballot challenges from Coleman’s team. 

The two campaigns have challenged about 6,000 ballots of more than 2.4 million cast; Coleman’s campaign is challenging about 200 more than Franken. The Minneapolis Star Tribune estimates that Coleman is leading by a wider margin than Elias said. The paper put the gap between the two at 340 votes Tuesday afternoon. 

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