Wow? Al Franken is Going to Win

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Norm Coleman loses a key decision in the tug of war over ballots in the still undecided Minnesota U.S. Senate race.
Congratulations Al.
A final report of election results from the Minnesota State Canvassing Board still probably won’t come in til the new year, but it’s hard to see how Franken’s slim but real lead can be overcome now.
— Steve Clemons

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5 comments on “Wow? Al Franken is Going to Win

  1. vichi says:

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  2. Minnesota Central says:

    Let me comment from a Minnesota perspective on the Coleman-Franken contest.
    What is actually happening here is that the “will of the people” will not be represented in Minnesota.
    The Senate race was between two candidates that many people did not like. MN-GOP supporters openly advocated throwing Coleman under the bus while Franken’s writings and tax payments caused him problems. For the voters there was a viable third candidate, so the people who wanted to vote for “none of the above” could vote for Independence Party’s Dean Barkley. (In Minnesota, the Independence Party has not had viable Congressional candidate unlike the party’s efforts in the MN-Governor races where they have remained strong.)
    For a sitting Senator to marginally win with 41.4% support is embarrassing.
    Franken received 70,000 less votes than the Democrat candidate in 2006 (Klobuchar won with 1,278,849 votes.)
    Conversely, Barkley received 437,389 votes in 2008 which was considerably better than the Independence Party’s nominees in 2006 (71,194) or 2002 (45,139). Clearly voters did not like either of the two major party’s nominees.
    The question that is not being asked is, Why didn’t people vote for incumbent Norm Coleman?
    All incumbent House of Representatives were re-elected with comfortable margins including Republicans Michele Bachmann and John Kline plus retaining the seat of retiring Jim Ramstad. Coleman has only himself to blame.
    For me the choice was not easy and as late as October 26th, I
    blogged the merits and shortcomings of the three main candidates. In the end, Coleman’s performance earned an “F” (considering his Failures on the Farm bill, Foreign policy [Cuba, Syria, Bolten-backer], Foreclosures, etc.) and I begrudgingly dictated my vote for Franken.
    There were problems in voting in Minnesota but most races were easily won such that the problems would be irrelevant to determining the outcome although they should be corrected.
    Notably, in Minneapolis Precinct 1, Ward 3 where a large number of students were denied ballots. This problem occurred in 2006 also. The number of students turned away may be more than the winner’s margin … and the conventional wisdom is that students supported Franken over Coleman.
    The real problem in Minnesota is the handling of absentee ballots. There have been reports that 12,000 voters are now finding out that their ballots were rejected for technical reasons (which could have been easily corrected.) The affected include Coleman as well as Franken supporters. Those rejected for technical reasons will not be revisited, but there are roughly 1,600 absentee ballots that were wrongly rejected (just placed in the wrong pile). Now the decision is how to handle those unopened ballots. Coleman is the one that will have to agree to accept the ballots, so Coleman will determine the next Senator.
    The only area where Coleman has a legitimate complaint in my opinion is the missing 133 ballots that were machine counted on election night, but have been misplaced. The State Canvassing Board has allowed the machine count to be included … I cannot agree with that. Although those voters would be dis-enfranchised, since their ballots are lost, they should not be counted,
    My guess is that if Minnesota had a Georgia-style revote that Franken would win easily as Coleman has not performed well since election night.
    Sometime in 2009, a Senator will be sworn in to represent Minnesota in the Senate, but that Senator will know that a majority of voters didn’t want him to have the job.

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  3. Beth in VA says:

    I admit I hope Al Franken provides some insightful, but hilarious quotes from the upcoming senate!

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  4. luch says:

    Al strikes me as a hard-working, open-minded person; all useful attributes of a good senator. I wanted him to win from the beginning of this, partly because I don’t like Coleman’s attitude or record.

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  5. bob h says:

    When Franken wins the recount Reid should announce that the Senate will not abide any legal monkey business that Coleman might get up to. No Bush v. Gore decision, which Coleman presumably hopes for, will be tolerated this time.

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