Franken Is 'Likely to Win' Recount: Expert

Badly filled-out ballots could spell victory in Minnesota Senate race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2008 6:47 AM CST
Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken, right, and his wife, Franni, vote at Central Lutheran Church Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 in Minneapolis.    (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – Bumbling Democratic voters in Minnesota are likely to hand Al Franken a win, a political scientist tells the Huffington Post. The professor estimates that as many as 10,000 voters voided their ballots by circling a name or marking an X instead of filling in a circle. But Minnesota considers the "intent" of voters during recounts, and more unrecorded votes are in Democratic areas.

"If someone put a gun to my head and said, 'You have to bet,' I would bet Franken," the Dartmouth University analyst said. "It won't be a wipe-out. Two hundred votes is effectively tied.” However, he said, Democrats “in this case” tend to screw up their ballots more often than Republicans.