Coleman's best hope is in court

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2009 - 5:36 AM

The GOP incumbent's chances appear to ride on getting rejected absentee ballots to count or contesting the election.

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hhipkensJan. 4, 0910:27 PM

The 650 ballots Coleman wants included - is his Motion seeking to have those ballots opened and counted without any further evaluation of whether they were wrongfully rejected? My understanding is that those ballots all were classified as correctly rejected by the counties. Is he seeking to have them opened without further evaluation of whether they were properly rejected? If they must be evaluated by some neutral party I don't think Franken has anything to worry about. I would suspect that the vast majority were properly rejected. Anybody know?

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loegoJan. 4, 0910:36 PM

You had the best summary of the situation. It is over.

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magsterJan. 4, 0910:36 PM

If Coleman wins on the duplicate ballots and the ballots that were supposedly in envelope "1 of 5" that's about 150 votes. Coleman would still have to gain 75 votes out of his stack of 645 absentee ballots. With as well as Franken did yesterday, even in the Coleman counties, I doubt Coleman would get that many. Besides, the 400 or so ballots that both campaigns set aside from the 1345 absentee ballots the counties claimed were wrongfully rejected would probably come back in, favoring Franken. The court should open these ballots in secret and find out if Coleman would still lose no matter what. It could save a lot of time and money.

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topmanlbJan. 4, 0910:37 PM

...is running out of rope to hang himself with....ah shucks, not enough Republicans voted for him, they went to Barkley instead. You hit the end of the road, maybe you can teach how not to switch parties for convenience at the U or Havvad..oh that would be too eastern elite for you and Sarah.

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aonanodadJan. 4, 0910:39 PM

None of the possible lawsuits, even if Coleman gets favorable rulings in some of them, are likely to give Coleman enough votes to overcome his 226 vote deficit. If Franken is seated by the Senate, Coleman will have a hard time getting funding for further legal challenges BECAUSE they are not likely to succeed. If, somehow, the Senatorial Republicans succeed in filibustering to keep Franken from being seated, Coleman will probably be able to find enough doners to fight a lawsuit just to delay Franken from claiming his seat. Certainly, since the Canvassing Board will certify the vote count in Franken's favor tomorrow, Coleman's ONLY hope of becoming Senator again would be through lawsuits. But Coleman might, instead, want to spend his legal budget on defending his upcoming criminal case.

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magsterJan. 4, 0910:46 PM

meet your new Senator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_mwsDFm7bQ&eurl=http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/ (six years of taunting Republicans is going to be so much fun.)

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aonanodadJan. 4, 0910:49 PM

Coleman's motion from Christmas Eve was to stop counting absentee ballots and change the process so that every absentee ballot is reviewed by State. Since many of these absentee ballots have already been opened and counted in accordance with the Supreme Court's requirements, a lot of the lawsuit is moot. As for the 654 ballots, even Coleman's attorneys say that there are only about 130 or so that are likely to be considered legal, versus about 60 doubly-rejected absentee ballots that the Franken campaign identified as worthy of reconsideration. While Coleman had something to gain by delaying what just happened on Saturday, it is unlikely that Coleman has much to gain anymore from reconsideration of these absentee ballots.

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mn_cameraJan. 4, 0911:06 PM

Man up and admit you lost. Fair and square, in what may well be the most diligently conducted, transparent recount in American electoral history. You lost. Lost. Franken received more votes than you did. You came in second, so you're the best loser. (This just isn't going to get old!) You failed to get re-elected. Your Senate career is no more. It has ceased to be. You are an ex-Senator!

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richarddk73Jan. 4, 0911:14 PM

I believe it would be a classy and honorable act if Norm would follow the comment he made right after the election. He said if he had trailed after the general election results, he would respect the vote and not call for a recount. Now Norm faces the same opportunity and could not send things to court.

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lenzy1000Jan. 4, 0911:17 PM

Toss entire precincts? How about the counties where Dems were forbidden from rejecting ballots for "no dupes"? Should we toss the results from Carver and Wright counties too? It isn't going to happen. Coleman has no proof of double counted votes.

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