Franken Picks Up 87 Votes in Minn. Race

Dem gains some 90 votes in rejected-ballot count
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2009 1:22 PM CDT
Election officials and reps for the candidates discuss disputed ballots to wrap up the first phase of the Senate recount, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
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(Newser) – As election officials in Minnesota tallied up some 350 previously-rejected Senate ballots today, Al Franken stretched out his lead over Norm Coleman by almost 90 votes, making it more than 312, the Star Tribune reports. That’s good news for Franken in Coleman’s lawsuit over the election, which a lawyer said today he'll appeal to the state Supreme Court. Coleman intends to argue that ballots weren’t treated equally.