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Franken up by 4 votes after hand count, campaign says December 6, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in '08 Election, Politics, Vets.

Courtesy Rawstory:

Al Franken’s campaign says the Democratic senate challenger is up by four votes after completion of a hand recount in Minnesota. 

All precincts in the state had completed their recount except for one Minneapolis polling place where 133 ballots have gone missing since Election Day. Franken campaign attorney Marc Elias said he was optimistic that the ballots would be found. 

The ballots are believed to have been in an envelope marked “1/5” on Election Night, and local officials are searching for that envelope. Elections officials turned up four other envelopes — marked 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, and 5/5 — and 133 more people signed in on Election Day than there were ballots during the recount.

The hand recount in that precinct is still technically ongoing while the search for those ballots continues. Elias scoffed at claims from Republican incumbent Norm Coleman’s campaign that the ballots might not be missing at all.

“I’m pretty sure there’s no one here now who genuinely believes these ballots are not missing,” he said during a press briefing Friday afternoon. 

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