Al Franken Will Likely Be Senator Franken?
What looked completely unlikely just a few weeks ago has turned around for the funnyman as he has won some key decisions in the past week and is now ahead by just 46 votes.
That’s right…46 votes.
A state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday narrowed the options available for Sen. Norm Coleman to erase a slim lead held by DFLer Al Franken in the Minnesota election dispute, and Coleman’s campaign threatened a court battle that could leave the Senate seat vacant for a month.
The Supreme Court denied a bid by the Coleman campaign to prevent local and state canvassing boards from tallying votes that the incumbent says may have been counted twice. Most of the votes at issue are from DFL strongholds.
The justices said the campaign’s claim of double-counted ballots is better resolved in a court hearing where evidence can be presented, instead of by canvassing boards.
The order allows those disputed ballots to remain in the vote totals, at least for now.
So what options do Coleman have left?
According to FiveThirtyEight, not many…
Although Franken’s lead over Coleman is narrow — 46 votes — the only substantial group of ballots remaining to be counted are rejected absentees. But both campaigns have been operating under the assumption that those absentee ballots are more likely to add to Franken’s margin than subtract from it.
I have to hand it to Franken…he stuck in there and took the appropriate legal routes to swing this back in his favor. And in a race that I think we can all agree was a tie, the guy with the best lawyers wins.
More as it develops…