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16. Coleman Camp Finally Admits It: The Missing Ballots Existed (TPM)
By Eric Kleefeld - February 26, 2009, 4:51PM

The Coleman campaign may have just given away the store on a very important point in their challenge to the Minnesota election results -- conceding that missing ballots from the recount that were still included in the final numbers did in fact exist ...

After a sidebar, Friedberg got up to speak. "We have no doubt that a number of ballots existed inside an envelope that has been lost," he said. "If it appears we're taking the position that these ballots have been invented, that's not our position." He added that they acknowledge that there were some ballots there, and they are now gone. "Does that help?"

To which Lillehaug answered: "It does" ...

The Coleman camp may have just given up way too much. This past Monday night, the court denied Franken's motion for summary judgment on this -- but it was only because the existence of the ballots was still a point of factual contention in the case. Furthermore, the court acknowledged in their opinion the body of case law pointing to including the votes. But they had to settle the factual dispute ...
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