The guy I wanted to win almost as much as Obama appears to be maybe, kinda, sorta, perhaps officially in, finally:
The state Canvassing Board certified the results of the U.S. Senate recount this afternoon, showing Democrat Al Franken with a 225-vote advantage over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman.
Coleman is going down swinging (and flailing):
But while the canvassing board's ruing marked a cap to a long and wild election, it did not secure Franken's spot in the United States Senate. Even as state officials were finalizing ballot numbers, Norm Coleman's campaign was making preparations to legally challenge the results.
Aides to the Minnesota Republican insist that part of the recount process was unfairly tilted towards districts more favorable to Democrats, and, in particular, called for the inclusion of 650 more rejected absentee ballots. On Monday, the State Supreme Court ruled against the latter complaint. By then, however, Coleman's lawyers were already hinting at bringing the case to the federal level -- under the argument that it constituted an equal protection issue. The senator will have only seven days to challenge the results: Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie must co-sign the certification within the week.
Coleman seems likely to pursue this avenue. But it may be too little too late. Aides to Franken note that with today's canvassing board decision the vote tallies are final.
"The canvassing board has officially accepted the election numbers as official," an aide told the Huffington Post. "The margin is not going to change anymore."
That means a Coleman victory will have to come via a court willing to wade into the partisan waters.
That's never worked for a Republican before, so...wait, what's that?
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