I have a little more information and some exact numbers for you.
First, some of the numbers.
The number of votes per candidate not counting Minneapolis 3-1, which has a packet of missing votes currently being searched for:
The number of votes per candidate including Minneapolis 31′s results from the machine count:
Regardless of anything you’ve heard or read, this second set of numbers is exactly how this recount started … with Franken behind by 215 votes.
Then we have the number of votes per candidate after the recount, but using the Minneapolis 3-1 numbers instead of the recounted numbers:
This has Franken behind by 192 votes.
There are currently over 6,000 votes being contested between the two candidates. The Franken people have been keeping track of these in a certain way that they feel allows them to determine what the outcome will be once these are passed through the canvassing board, or at least, to make a guess. I want to be very specific bout my sources here. I have exactly two:
1) A fund raising email that was widely distributed; and 2) An article in the Star Tribune.
According to these two sources, the count given above adjusted for the number of changes that will happen because of contested votes will add up to a Franken victor of … wait for it …. (drumroll) ..
This is a problem. This is a problem because all it would take is one false move on the part of Coleman to sway the election his way. We know that Coleman is capable of felonious and other sleazy activity. There is not one fibre of his being that would provide even the slightest compunction against election fraud, if he could get away with it. This is one of the reasons that the Franken team could use your help with donations just now.
We are already pretty suspicious of the 130 votes that vanished in Minneapolis 3-1. Without these votes, the Franken count reverses and Coleman wins. With them, Coleman loses. What do YOU think happened to these ballots?