Minnesotans to Coleman: Concede

Both candidates low on cash
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2009 8:37 AM CDT
Former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman looks at a paper during the Senate vote recount trial Friday, March 6, 2009 in St. Paul, Minn. At right is attorney Tony Trimble.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone, pool)
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(Newser) – A whopping 63% of Minnesota voters want Norm Coleman to concede the Senate race to Al Franken, with only 37% supporting more appeals, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. Another 59% said they want Gov. Tim Pawlenty to certify Franken’s victory. “It appears that most Minnesota voters are now ready for this election to be over,” said the pollster.

The candidates may be ready for it to end, too: They're out of money. Coleman and Franken each have less than $500,000 in campaign funds left, Politico reports. After spending $4 million and $3.5 million, respectively, on legal fees this year, both would need substantial fundraising to keep fighting. The most recent court ruling also added court fees and some of Franken’s expenses to Coleman’s already-hefty tabs.