Franken Wins 2 Important Rulings

Al Franken has scored 2 important victories in his fight to make sure every vote is counted in Minnesota, per Politico:

The Minnesota Canvassing Board unanimously recommended that all counties include the absentee ballots that were unfairly rejected on Election Day in the recount.

Additionally, the Canvassing Board also ruled in Franken's favor with regard to the 133 ballots that weren't counted from one of the Minneapolis precincts.  That precinct went very strongly for Franken, and that's another huge win for the good guys.

Cheers to Al Franken for not giving up and making sure the votes are counted. However, it's important to note that the Canvassing Board can only recommend that the absentee ballots.  The county elections boards can either follow the ruling or not.

The Franken people are claiming a razor thin 4 vote lead at this point, so keep your fingers crossed, folks.

Tags: Al Franken, Minnesota recount, Senate (all tags)




I was under the impression that the 4 vote lead was assuming the favorable decisions.

Regardless, I'm pulling for him.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-12 07:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Perhaps

The 4 vote lead includes the missing precinct votes, but not the others.  No one seems to be sure how many absentee votes we're even talking about at this point.

by Denny Crane 2008-12-12 07:49AM | 0 recs

So this race is STILL up in the air right now. I'm just glad that Franken wasn't scared into conceding. It looks like he may still win this.

by atdleft 2008-12-12 10:02AM | 0 recs
You're not going to spook Franken easy

It's not like he doesn't have a perfectly legitimate career to fall back on if he doesn't succeed; he has nothing to lose, and you're not going to make him back down when he's trying to take back Paul Wellstone's seat.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-12 12:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Perhaps

I think the 4 vote lead presumes the original decision by the judge pre-challenge is upheld - not that all the decisions are favorable (given the number of challenges, if all of them were resolved in his favor, he'd end up with a much larger lead...)

by sab39 2008-12-12 08:02AM | 0 recs
Go Al, go!

Great politics. Well-spoken (he is a writer). And, he'll do a great job continuing in the tradition of Paul Wellstone. I really like the guy.

by bobswern 2008-12-12 08:09AM | 0 recs

And what will make his win even better is that Bill O'Reilly's head will explode as soon as he has to say "Senator Al Franken"! :-D

by atdleft 2008-12-12 10:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Yes...


by Denny Crane 2008-12-13 07:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Franken Wins 2 Important Rulings

Wow, very good news.

by Steve M 2008-12-12 09:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Franken Wins 2 Important Rulings

Does this mean if he wins, we get 59 in the senate with Lieberman once again being the important 60th?

I have not researched the breakdown.

by MumbaiBurns 2008-12-12 09:51AM | 0 recs

We lost in Georgia, so Lieberman is #59.

At this point, I'm thinking that a moderate Republican like Olympia Snowe will be #60.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-12 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Nope

We will get Snowe, Collins, and Specter on a handful of issues.  The latter in particular was the only Republican to break ranks on the Employee Free Choice Act, so if Franken pulls it out we can break a GOP filibuster.

However, I'm pretty sure the Republicans would have Specter's head on a platter if he did that.  Pat Toomey is considering a primary challenge and that might be enough ammunition to sink the Senator.  Then again, if Specter reverses his earlier support simply to stave off a conservative challenge, that will only make it that much easier for a Democrat to beat him.  Damned if you do, damned if you don't.  This is Specter's last term, either way.

by Skaje 2008-12-12 10:50AM | 0 recs
They hate Specter anyway

His approval rating among Republicans is heinous.  I appreciate that about him.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-12 11:08AM | 0 recs
Re: They hate Specter anyway

Yeah, somehow I don't think they will be too sad to see him go.  Interesting that we are pretty much removing everyone who is considered to be at least somewhat moderate, and that includes people like Ted Stevens and Norm Coleman, who the rightwingers don't seem to care too much for.  We're gonna leave them with about 35 hardcore believers after 2010.

by Skaje 2008-12-12 01:27PM | 0 recs
Re: They hate Specter anyway

As long as in the process of removing their faux-moderates we don't end up with democrats who are further to the right then the republican we are removing we will be in good shape. Brown for Dewine and Casey for Santorum are good swaps. We really want to take Specter's seat and Greg's seat in NH. It's a big loss for us this year that Collins won in Maine. Democrats need to pick up both those seats in Maine next time around to ensure our majority is built upon as solid footing as possible.

by Quinton 2008-12-12 03:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Nope

I hope Pat Toomey decides to primary Specter again and if he does then we should help Toomey win in every way possible as if he does then the senate seat is ours. If Specter makes it to the general it's going to be a whole lot tougher for us.

and why did brit give this comment above a 1?

by Quinton 2008-12-12 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Franken Wins 2 Important Rulings

Ah, but wait we may have a scandal on our hands:

"Did Norm Coleman's financial problems compel him to turn to friends and GOP donors for help with his living situation?"

That's what a new story out of Minnesota alleges. Friday morning, a local Fox News affiliate reported that at the time that Coleman allegedly received $75,000 in unreported payments from a prominent Republican businessman, he was also struggling to make payments for the restructuring of his home
Source: Huffington Post

by venician 2008-12-12 12:10PM | 0 recs
Prolly won't matter unless it goes to the Senate

The only way I could see it mattering is if it ends up going to the Senate floor.  If faced with a legitimate opportunity to avoid yet another Senator be the target of criminal allegations, they may simply choose to go with the new guy instead.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-12 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Prolly won't matter

I don't think they get to choose the new guy. If Coleman is declared the winner and the Senate decides for some reason not to seat him, it's not up to the Senate to pick someone else; it goes back to the state.

Pawlenty, anyone?

by fsm 2008-12-12 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Prolly won't matter

If it was still being contested after the state weighed in then the senate does get to decide who to seat, but we really don't want it to come to that.

by Quinton 2008-12-12 02:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Prolly won't matter

The Senate has final authority per the US Constitution, but they're not going to seat Franken if the final results show Coleman ahead, including all the improperly rejected ballots.  We've avoided a crisis here due to today's decisions.  Either Franken wins fairly or Coleman wins fairly now.

This assumes Coleman doesn't somehow manage to get today's rulings overturned.

by Skaje 2008-12-12 03:41PM | 0 recs


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