…. that is the latest number. The difference between Coleman and Franken in the Minnesota Senate vote count, according to the evening news, just reported.


  1. #1 Monado
    November 6, 2008

    There’s something funny going on in Alaska with the voting machines. Very odd… it reports voting down even though more people seem to have voted: “There’s something fishy in Alaska.”

    In Minnesota, the optical scan machines are not reliable: they routinely give different results when counting the same ballots twice and they drop thousands of votes without notice to the servers when uploading. I look forward to seeing whether the hand recount will give a substantially different result.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    November 6, 2008

    It is interesting that Stevens “won” even though the polls had him not.

  3. #3 Lurkbot
    November 6, 2008

    This is the race I’m really following, especially now that it looks like that rancid pustule Reichert is pulling out a squeaker in the 8th District here in Washington.

    It’s beginning to look like the tampering by Coleman is just going to be too egregious to get by this time–especially with a celebrity running against him. (And a smart celebrity: a rare breed.) I think an investigation here may turn over some other rocks as well–it’ll be interesting to see what’s under them.

  4. #4 Jackal
    November 7, 2008

    Is it guaranteed that they will do a recount if the difference is withing the margin of error? I’m watching this race and thinking about FL in 2000, where they quit before finding out who actually won.

  5. #5 Monica
    November 7, 2008


    An automatic recount is done by the Secretary of State of Minnesota when the difference in votes is 3% or less. This race has a .01% difference and getting smaller! Interestingly, there’s been a lot of talk in the media about Franken and the Dems pushing for the recount, but he has no say over the recount, and neither does Coleman. It’s a state law. When it’s this close it’s out of both candidates hands.

  6. #6 Jackal
    November 7, 2008

    Thanks, Monica. Glad to hear it.

  7. #7 Ana
    November 7, 2008