Minn. Recount Wraps Up; Review Begins

Coleman holds 192-vote lead; 5K ballots challenged
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2008 3:45 PM CST
Minnesota Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Minnesota Senate recount is complete, but the state won't have a winner anytime soon. Not only are 133 ballots missing in Minneapolis, but the state canvassing board has yet to convene to review thousands of challenged ballots. The meeting is set for Dec. 16. Norm Coleman holds a provisional 192-vote lead over challenger Al Franken, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

But Franken’s camp is claiming a 4-vote lead over Coleman, Talking Points Memo reports. That number depends on two factors: That the missing Minneapolis votes fall as expected for Franken, and that the canvassing board upholds stated opinions of local elections officials. A final decision could be an agonizingly long way off, with or without the virtually certain lawsuits.