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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:37 PM
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Coleman's Lead Dwindles to 2 Votes in Minnesota Senate Race
Source: Fox News

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The tight Minnesota U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken has become incredibly close -- with Coleman clinging to a two-vote lead.

That's the latest tally after the state Canvassing Board spent a third day ruling on disputed ballots. There are hundreds of challenges yet to decide, as well as thousands of withdrawn challenges that have yet to be tallied.

Coleman had entered Thursday's session leading Franken by 360 votes. But that lead eroded all day as the board considered a pile of challenges brought entirely by the Coleman campaign. The pile included a big chunk of withdrawn challenges, many of which went quickly to Franken's column.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/18/colemans-lea... /
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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 06:48 PM
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1. Go Al!!! n.t
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mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:11 PM
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2. Oh please, oh please...make it Al
Norm has gotta be in fine form tonight. Good.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:14 PM
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3. Happy day for Al!
And a great day for us all. Franken is going to win this thing!

Senator Al Franken - has a nice ring to it!

:fistbump:


Sonia
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:19 PM
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4. I wish they would post photos of any adjudicated ballots.
To be sure we'll hear of Limbaugh complaining ad naseum about how the process cheated conservatives. It would be nice to have it online to show the reasonable deluded Republicans what reality looks like.
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mattvermont Donating Member (428 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:32 PM
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7. you can see the ballots
although my browser had problems, you can look at them here:

http://senaterecount.startribune.com/ballots /
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:46 PM
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11. That is great
I looked through the first ten
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:49 PM
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13. Thank you both, just what I wanted. Looking good. /nt
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SomeGuyInEagan Donating Member (872 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:38 PM
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9. Here you go ...
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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:44 PM
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10. The great thing is that each ballot is posted on line so you
can see that the Board is being very fair.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 12:02 AM
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21. Norm must hate that....transparency sheeeeesh.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 12:05 AM
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22. Judging from what I have seen Al is a real Dem
Edited on Sat Dec-20-08 12:07 AM by ooglymoogly
not the tired deno's we have been seeing too much or.

on edit put this in the wrong place meant for op.
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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:47 PM
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12. Many ballots ARE online (perhaps all of the challenged ones)
The overwhelming impression you get is that, when two million people mark paper ballots, a small percentage of them will find quite a variety of ways to screw it up.

I assume that, if you're voting in person, Minnesota lets you take a spoiled ballot back to the official at the polling place and say, "I messed this up, may I have a replacement ballot?" Then the official takes back the old one and gives you a nice clean new one. Instead of doing that, though, some voters cross stuff out, draw circles and arrows to try to convey their meaning, carelessly mark near two different candidates' ovals, etc.

Anyway, here's the link for Wednesday's ballots: <http://senaterecount.startribune.com/ballots/index.php?... > -- it'll take you to the first ballot, which is a pretty easy one. You can find more complicated problems at http://senaterecount.startribune.com/ballots/index.php?... and http://senaterecount.startribune.com/ballots/index.php?... among others. On the home page for the Star-Tribune's ballot project, look on the right-hand side under the advertisement and you can create an account and log in to cast your own vote on each challenged ballot. If you don't want to join the newspaper's "Virtual Canvassing Board", though, you can just look at the ballots without voting.
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Sex Pistol Donating Member (257 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:24 PM
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5. Count 'em again!
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:28 PM
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6. Wow.
:wow:
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:34 PM
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8. We are seeing first hand one of the many ways pugs
steal elections. Looks like Al is standing tall and will easily become the winner unlike some of our dems who just fold tents, declare defeat and scurry away, which is what the pugs count on.
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Mnpaul Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 07:49 PM
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14. He he he
no comments over at Fauxsnooze
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wundermaus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:04 PM
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15. Al's gonna win!!!
Edited on Thu Dec-18-08 08:34 PM by vmaus

"Im good enough, Im smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me."
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Hansel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 08:54 PM
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16. Cue the RW talking heads to explode over Franken stealing the election...
3, 2, 1.

Oh that pesky counting the votes. We'll be hearing a lot more about ACORN again very soon.
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mb7588a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 10:16 PM
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18. Not Franken, ACTIVIST JUDGES legislating from the bench! Gahhh. nt.
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 09:51 PM
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17. Oh what fabulous news! GO AL!!!
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Adsos Letter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-18-08 10:21 PM
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19. This thing will be decided in court, methinks....
I imagine the lawyers are working overtime as I type this...
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 11:15 AM
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20. How much longer will this take?
The suspense is killing me.

Bake
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