The Minnesota Recount: Day 2
by CA Pol Junkie
In Minnesota's Senate race, Norm Coleman had a lead of 215 votes out of almost 2.9 million votes cast. That translates to a lead of less than 0.01%. Yesterday was the first day of a recount which is mandatory under state law. The criterion for counting a ballot is whether the voter made their intent clear. Yesterday, Al Franken gained 41 votes on Norm Coleman, reducing his margin to 174 votes after 18% of the votes were recounted. Both candidates are losing votes right now because of challenges. If either campaign challenges a ballot, it is removed from the tally of Coleman, Franken, or other and set aside for the State Canvassing Board to resolve in mid-December. It will be up to them to determine the fate of the lizard people ballot and about 1,500 other assorted oddities.
Yesterday, 20 of Minnesota's 87 counties completed their recounts. 25 more counties will be starting today and most of those have few enough votes so they will complete their recounts by the end of the day. Several counties won't even start until early December. The main action is still in the big counties: Hennepin (Minneapolis, 11% recounted), Ramsey (St. Paul, 15% recounted), Dakota (suburbs, 13% recounted), Washington (suburbs, 34% recounted), and St. Louis (Duluth, 22% recounted). You can follow the slow-motion action here, with detailed county results here. I'll be updating this post throughout the day with the current tally and final margin projected by a spreadsheet using results by county.
November 19, 9:13 PM CST (18% recounted): Current: Coleman +174 votes Projected: Coleman +21 votes
November 20, 11:43 AM CST (19% recounted): Current: Coleman +177 votes Projected: Coleman +55 votes
November 20, 1:57 PM CST (21% recounted): Current: Coleman +156 votes Projected: Franken +41 votes
November 20, 3:12 PM CST (22% recounted): Current: Coleman +159 votes Projected: Coleman +1 vote
November 20, 4:04 PM CST (23% recounted): Current: Coleman +155 votes Projected: Franken +3 votes
November 20, 5:08 PM CST (24% recounted): Current: Coleman +163 votes Projected: Coleman +18 votes
November 20, 6:16 PM CST (29% recounted): Current: Coleman +162 votes Projected: Coleman +53 votes
November 20, 9:24 PM CST (46% recounted): Current: Coleman +136 votes Projected: Franken +12 votes