It’s been almost a week since the election and there is still one race that is up in the air.
In Minnesota, the race for Senate has not been decided.
Remember SNL alum Al Franken?
Well, turns out that he is a very intellegent and politically knowledgeable individual, despite the fact that he is a comedian. He ran for a Senate seat in Minn. The race is now too close to call.
The race is now within 200 votes which could mean anything when you throw in absentee and invalid votes. In a move that could be seen as a benefit to Franken, a Minnesota judge Saturday denied a request from incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman’s campaign to block certain uncounted absentee ballots from being counted .
According to the court request, the Coleman campaign sought an “emergency temporary injunction” preventing election officials from unsealing, opening, or tallying any absentee ballots that were not inside an official ballot box by midnight election night. The Coleman team was looking to block 32 uncounted ballots from the city of Minneapolis.
This race is the closest Senate race in Minnesota history and the closest race anywhere in the country this year. With 2.9 million votes cast, there’s a margin of roughly 400 votes. It’s too close to call, and we don’t know yet who won.
A Statement from Al Franken
SAINT PAUL [11/05/08] – U.S. Senate Candidate Al Franken:
The Secretary of State’s office reports that all but nine of Minnesota’s 4,130 precincts have reported in. And this race is too close to call, with a margin of just about 1100 votes out of 2.9 million cast. That’s four one-hundredths of one percent of the vote. And we expect that when those final nine precincts are counted this morning, that 1100-vote margin will shrink into the hundreds.
Under Minnesota state law, we will now enter into an automatic statewide canvass and recount. It will be the first one since 1962, when I was 11 years old. I remember that year very clearly for two reasons. The recount between Elmer L. Anderson and Karl Rolvaag. And the Gophers were in the Rose Bowl that year.
And we have twice as many ballots to count this time.
Let me be clear: Our goal is to ensure that every vote is properly counted.
The process, dictated by our laws, will be orderly, fair, and will take place within a matter of days. We won’t know for a little while who won this race, but at the end of the day, we will know that the voice of the electorate was clearly heard.
There is reason to believe that the recount could change the vote tallies significantly.
Our office and the Obama campaign have received reports of irregularities at various precincts around the state. For instance, some polling places in Minneapolis ran out of registration materials. Our team has been working on those issues for several hours already, and they will continue to do so this morning as the recount process begins.
Let me be clear: This race is too close to call, and we do not yet know who won. We are lucky enough to live in a state with built-in protections to ensure that in close elections like these, the will of the people is accurately reflected in the outcome.
This has been a long campaign, and it’s going to be a little longer before we have a winner. Senator Coleman, Senator Barkley, and I have done a lot of talking. Minnesotans have waited a long time to have THEIR say. And thanks to our state’s laws, we will eventually understand precisely what they have said.
According to CNN. Minnesota law mandates a recount when election results are this close.