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January 05, 2009

MN Supreme Court Tosses One Of Coleman's Main Hopes

Consider this an update to Ace's earlier post.

The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit crucial to Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) reelection fortunes, clearing a path for the state Board of Canvassers to certify Democrat Al Franken as the state's next senator.

Mirroring its reasoning in a previous decision which rejected a Coleman suit on so-called "duplicate" ballots, the court said that Coleman's bid to include an additional 650 absentee ballots in the contested Senate race was an issue best-suited for the Board of Canvassers.

The ruling disarms Coleman of one of his last major opportunities to overcome the 225-vote lead held by Franken after the inclusion of hundreds of absentee ballots disqualified for no legal reason.

So, Franken will be declared the winner today and then it will be up to Coleman to sue or not to overturn the result of the election.

Meanwhile, the Senate meets tommorow for the first time in 111th Congress. Will they seat Franken if there are challenges before a court? Chuck Shumer says yes, John Cornyn says no.

As the man said, Worst Election Ever.


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