Tension escalates as recount fluctuates

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2008 - 9:59 PM

As Norm Coleman's lead over Al Franken was cut to 221 votes, charges flew as fast as the tally changed.

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tom4sixNov. 6, 0810:18 AM

any Stuart Smalley write ins?

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stjohnsonNov. 6, 0810:24 AM

Is anyone a little skeptical that as these come in the totals keep tightening? I would feel a little more comfortable if once in a while the gap widens. Democrat is behind with a democrat sec. of state? Hmmmmmm.

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shyvareNov. 6, 0810:26 AM

The Stuart Smalley write-in comment was very funny. It makes me feel good that there are people with a sense of humor about all this.

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reeksonNov. 6, 0810:27 AM

While the vote was given as only 500 apart, the percentage was given as Coleman 43% and Franken 42%, just to make it look like Coleman was the winner I suppose. Lame. There is no mathematical way they could be separated by 1 percentage point given those raw vote numbers.

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cole0150Nov. 6, 0810:32 AM

Is there someone else's say that matters?

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mspshadowNov. 6, 0810:36 AM

than that the election process is followed correctly and every vote is counted correctly. The election is the foundation of democracy. If it means a recount, then so be it.

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oldblue48Nov. 6, 0810:37 AM

If such "adjustments" (errors) happen on this scale, then multiply it nationally, makes on wonder just how fair the entire election really is.

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DroneMonkNov. 6, 0810:45 AM

Stop sipping the conspiracy geek kool-aid. Franken played well to urban voters, Coleman to rural. A typical urban precinct sees how many ballots cast compared to the number cast in a rural precinct? We're now supposed to play (GOP slanted) paranoid skeptical because there seems to be more variance in high volume urban recounts than there is in low volume rural precincts? C'mon... Think!

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notsidNov. 6, 0810:47 AM

1. Every vote counts and is important; 2. The hardest election is often the first re-election race; and 3. The incumbent obviously hadn't overwhelmingly won over the hearts and minds of the citizens during his six years in office given that he didn't win outright by a big margin. As I recall, Smiling Tim from Eagan just barely won re-election in 2006 over Mike Hatch as well, thanks in large part to Mike stepping on it during the last few days of the campaign.

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BobK898Nov. 6, 0810:57 AM

Wonder how they keep finding votes for Franken only? I would bet another 440 are sure to turn up.

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