Coleman camp devises 5-stage challenge to Franken's numbers

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 14, 2009 - 10:41 PM

The Coleman campaign proposed that its legal challenge take place in five stages, with all stages to occur only if he picks up "a significant number of votes" along the way.

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scogarJan. 14, 0912:22 PM

Larry Flint will be the next minnesota governor before this thing is settled.

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KoenenJan. 14, 0912:31 PM

The absentee ballot problem started when lists was given out of the rejected ballots and this gave the candidates, especially Franken, the avenue he was looking for to get to the Senate. Maybe errors took place but voting is supposed to be private and by giving these lists out it became very public and became the reason why they are both pursuing additional ballots. "whatever it takes to turn the tide"

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bwgJan. 14, 0912:31 PM

studdered when he tried to explain why Franken was awarded the "Lizard People" write in vote. Ritchie will have more "splainin" to do before this is over.

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dalepetrieJan. 14, 09 1:03 PM

Besides misspelling "stuttered", your post is also factually incorrect, or at very least misleading. I haven't read anything about Ritchie having been asked this question last week, or having stuttered when he was, but let's assume that both of these things are true. Well the facts are (which you can see here...I DID bring a link to support MY claim http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/12/brett-favre-beats-lizard-people.html) the machine originally counted the "Lizard People" ballot for Franken. This is because the machine counts which circles are filled in, and the circle next to Franken's name was filled in. This voter ALSO wrote "Lizard People" in every write in spot that existed on his ballot, but did NOT fill in the circle next to Lizard People. Ritchie and the panel voted unanimously to NOT count this ballot for Franken (calling it an "overvote"). So assuming he did stutter, I imagine it was because he was asked why he did something that he never did...just like I'd stutter if you asked me why I murdered your grandmother.

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kenbrandJan. 14, 09 1:05 PM

bwg says: last week Ritchie... studdered when he tried to explain why Franken was awarded the "Lizard People" write in vote. Ritchie will have more "splainin" to do before this is over. posted by bwg on Jan 14, 09 at 12:31 pm | Perhaps you could explain where you saw this "studdering" because Franken DIDN'T get the "Lizard People" ballot, as it was deemed an overvote.

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ca2642Jan. 14, 09 1:22 PM

I wonder how much money Coleman will cost the state in court fees? Isn't it bad enough that his buddy Larry Craig already cost the taxpayers a fortune in another futile court case.

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misternJan. 14, 09 1:29 PM

Even after the actual voter explained his intent WAS to vote for Franken. http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2008/12/lizard_people_v_1.php

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sunshine123Jan. 14, 09 1:47 PM

The RNC Really wants to stretch this out as long as possible dont they?

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a1batrossJan. 14, 09 1:48 PM

I propose that Coleman simply acknowledge his loss and stop burdening the people of Minnesota with the ramifications of his ego... but of course, he and Pawlenty are merely following orders from the Beltway Republicans, in this case to limit the Democrats in Congress by every means necessary, for as long as possible...

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adamwsJan. 14, 09 2:21 PM

Wow, yeah, Norm really cares about the state and the people in it huh? What a disgusting hypocrite this man is proving himself to be. Never mind his election night assurances that he would step down if he were behind, and the chastising of Franken for not waiving his legal right to a recount so that we can "unite the state and not cost the taxpayers extra money." Nothing like depriving the state of a senator for a few more months to keep clawing away to keep his ego in office. Disgusting, absolutely disgusting. Shame on you Norm.

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