April 15, 2009 |
Republican Norm Coleman will appeal his latest setback in the state's U.S. Senate election battle, his lawyer said, extending the five-month struggle. Coleman has 10 days to ask the state Supreme Court to review a decision in favor of Democrat Al Franken. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that Franken won 312 more votes than incumbent Coleman in November and that he should get an election certificate. Franken gained more votes from the challenge than Coleman, who brought the lawsuit.
December 23, 2008 |
Democrat Al Franken is poised to hold on to a 48-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman as the state canvassing board prepares to award a final pile of votes in Minnesota's unsettled Senate race. The board was to meet today and award votes from a remaining group of about 5,000 challenges that had been withdrawn by both campaigns. Judging by a draft report by the secretary of state's office, Franken will have earned a total of 48 more votes than Coleman once those votes are allotted.
November 21, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama has waded into Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff, recording a radio ad supporting Democrat Jim Martin, but there's still no word on whether the president-elect will make a personal appearance. In the spot, Obama thanks Georgians who voted for him Nov. 4, then encourages support for Martin. "The elections aren't over," Obama said. "I want to urge you to turn out one more time and help elect Jim Martin to the United States Senate." Martin faces Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a Dec. 2 runoff.
December 13, 2008 |
Democrat Al Franken won a pair of victories before the state board overseeing the U.S. Senate recount, including a decision that as many as 1,500 incorrectly rejected absentee ballots should be included. The board also opted to recommend the use of election night results in a Franken-leaning Minneapolis precinct where 133 ballots vanished. "It was a great day for democracy," Franken attorney Marc Elias said. Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign lawyers said they would go to court over the absentee ballot ruling.