Right now, the best estimate for the difference between Franken and Coleman in the Minnesota Senate Race Recount is between about two and five votes (Coleman leading). The challenges that are currently underway and that will be finished tomorrow come hell or high water will shift that mainly towards Franken. It is quite likely that Franken will be ahead at the end of the day based on challenged ballots.
However, another important part of this recount is the consideration of absentee ballots that seem to have been improperly rejected. Team Franken wants them looked at because Al Franken is a friend to Democracy. Norm Coleman does not want them looked at because he thinks there may be a lot of Democratic votes in there and he is not a friend to Democracy.
Minnesota Secretary of State Ritchie had indicated to counties that they could look at these absentee ballots, and of course, Coleman’s lawyers brought this to court. Arugments were hard in the State Supreme Court yesterday.
And moments ago, the arguments made by Coleman were rejected. The ballots will be looked at.
The star tribune has the story here.