Coleman lead Franken by 800, recount ahead (updated)
MPR reports on the radio this morning that Sen. Norm Coleman (R) leads DFLer Al Franken by
800 762 votes. Two precincts are still outstanding. The two precincts are in St. Louis county, presumably Duluth according to CNN. There is still a modicum of hope in this race, but it was also a bad night for Minnesota in MN-02, MN-03 and MN-06.
With 99.8 percent of precincts reporting, both Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken hovered at 42 percent. Coleman had 1,210,247 votes and Franken had 1,209,124.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said the recount won't begin until mid-November at the earliest and will probably stretch into December. It will involve local election officials from around the state.
With all 4,130 precincts reporting, Coleman led Franken by 762 votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Coleman had 1,211,628 votes, or 42 percent, to Franken's 1,210,901 votes, or 41.97 percent.
Any race within 0.5% triggers an automatic recount so you just never know.
Ultra-conservative Erik Paulsen used racism and lies to beat Ashwin Madia in the MN-03 race. El Tinklenberg didn't have enough momentum in the MN-06 race after bat-**** crazy Michele Bachmann's McCarthyite rant on Hardball with Chris Matthews. John Kline kept quiet and Steve Sarvi didn't make enough noise in the MN-02 race. Quite a bummer of a night here in MN.
Also, we did not achieve a Pawlenty-proof majority.
In the end, it appears that turnout of around 80% wasn't quite high enough. More analysis on that later.