There’s only one thing you need to know about the Minnesota Senate race: It will never end. Norm Coleman, waiting on a state court to rule on his challenge to Al Franken’s 225-vote lead, is being urged by top Republicans to take his case all the way to the Supreme Court, Politico reports. And they're pointing to some notable case history: Bush v. Gore.
Republicans say that the equal protection principle in Bush v. Gore invalidates Minnesota’s nonstandardized absentee ballot-counting methods. “Using the same standards to count votes is a big issue," says Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. Democrats scoff at this; Sen. Harry Reid says Coleman will “never ever” be a senator again. Politico notes that an appeal might also damage Coleman’s reputation among Minnesota votes, hampering a future campaign.