Franken Camp's Claim: The Hand Count Is Over -- And We're Up By Four Votes!
Franken Camp's Claim: The Hand Count Is Over -- And We're Up By Four Votes! By Eric Kleefeld - December 5, 2008, 1:41PM
That's how many votes the Franken campaign just said they're leading Norm Coleman by, with the hand recount now officially finished. In other words, with every single precinct in Minnesota now done counting (except for the one where they're still searching for the missing votes), the Franken campaign is claiming the lead. An extremely slim lead, but a lead nonetheless.
"We are not declaring victory -- we are moving into the next stage of the process," said Franken's lead recount lawyer Marc Elias, in a press briefing going on now with reporters. "But we are going into that ahead by four votes."
At the end of this hand count, it's worth restating a few necessary caveats. The Franken camp's methodology involves taking down the opinions of the local election officials regarding the challenged ballots, and assuming that the local referees' calls will be upheld by the state canvassing board. As such, we are dependent on the Franken camp's numbers and assumptions.
The state canvassing board are going to be the ones who truly decide this race, as they rule on each challenge one by one. The Franken camp thinks this process will end with them ahead by four votes, or possibly even more, but clearly there is plenty of potential variation left. http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/12...
Late Update: Just to be clear, the Franken camp is also assuming that those missing ballots in Minneapolis, which give Al an edge of 46 votes, will be found. And as we reported earlier, the votes could potentially be credited back into the totals even if they aren't recovered.
12. Hey us North County district 50 voters were VICTIMIZED by Hastert and the House...
... when they swore in Brian Bilbray before they finished counting, and therefore in effect STOLE the decision away from local voters and made the decision themselves to put in place Brian Bilbray over Francine Busby to replace Duke Cunningham.
The Senate waiting until after the recounting is fully counted and THEN declaring Franken the winner is far more defensible than what Hastert and his minions did then!
This is before challenged ballots are considered (as is Shuster's number). Franken is keeping track of challenged votes and what way officials were inclined, and if all those go as he expects, then he's up 4. I'm not sure whether this includes that strange missing 133 votes, let alone rejected absentees that haven't been counted but could be.
21. Reports of this recount have ranged in every direction
Until there is some definite call on this race, I am not going to count on anything from this Senate race. I just hope the lost ballots are accounted for and that the end result is accurate and fair. That's the best anyone can wish for anymore.
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