Good Morning America!
Well, after I went to bed last night, the Minnesota Senate Race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman tightened up. The Associated Press is reporting, I hear, that Coleman has won. They are wrong.
The difference between the two candidates is now (at 6:30 AM) just over 1,000 votes. Here in Minnesota, we are pretty sane and strightforward about our election process. Sensible scanning bubble sheets, lots of polling places, short lines, and an automatic recount law (one half percent different requires recount). There will now be a special recount of this race, and that will take close to two weeks to complete (if I’m hearing things correctly) . The Franken camp is hopeful because they think that missing or under counted from the count are some Democratic precincts up near Duluth.
The actual count:
In the broader picture, the Senate has 56 in the Democratic caucus, and 40 in the Republican caucus, with four up for grabs.
The turnout in Minnesota was 77.5 %, second only to the record high of 1956, and no significant problems were reported with voting here.
In the national race, we still do not have results form Missouri and North Carolina.
I am hearing comentators droning on and on about the shift in racial attitude that the national election indicates. Well, true. But what might be more important is the need for a shift in the nature of the racial dialog among the mainstream press. I will be thinking, and writing, about this.
Finally, you might be wondering why Michele Bachmann won last night. The reason is that the voters in her district like her. Why? Well, the people of the Sixth District and Michele Bachmann are actually pretty well matched.
In case you have not seen them, these posts may provide some context: The Battle for Bachmann’s Seat and Michele Bachmann: Punished like the four year old she is.
Apparently Prop 8 in California has been passed. California, WTF????
I’m very sad about Madia losing to Paulson. Paulson is right now on the TV talking about what a nice and civil guy he is. Well, now we can add delusional liar to racist selfish pig. He ran a very dirty campaign. I’m very disappointed with the people fo the Third District. Myself included.
Oh, and Sarah Palin vaporized last night, right? That’s the last of her, yes? Yes?
UPDATE: Our local TV news station, WCCO, is calling the race for Coleman despite the fact that there will be a recount. They are scrolling “Coleman” as “Winner” but when their mouths move and words come out, they are saying that there will be a recount. At first, I thought that this was a mistake …. indeed, as the reporters were telling us (on WCCO) that “even tough AP is reporting Coleman as winner … this is wrong, there will be a recount” (paraphrased).
So I called them. The newsroom person I talked to made clear the following: 1) Coleman has won, officially, and 2) no one on their show has said that the AP is wrong.
Then she hung up on me. And I was being nice. Up to a point.
The national news is reporting that the Minnesota race is “undecided.”
Bottom line: Don’t trust news results from.