Franken Close to Final Victory in Minnesota
Ever since I mistakenly discounted Al Franken's chances in his Senate race with Norm Coleman, I've been following the recount process in Minnesota with increasing elation. Sometimes it's really a pleasure to be wrong. Franken has been ahead in the count for some time, and it now looks like he is the winner. According to the latest Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune story I could find (Minnesota canvassing board expected to say that Democrat Al Franken is winner in Senate race, Amy Forliti, 05 January 2009), Franken is up by 255 votes (out of almost 3 million), and the State Canvassing Board appears ready to certify the results. Coleman still has some options for further legal challenges, but they look more and more like last ditch obstructionist tactics that will only delay the inevitable. Cool!
It's been amusing to read the irate comments of some Coleman supporters who can't accept the conclusion that reality has not gone their way this time. A common theme has been that Franken and the Democratic Party have somehow "stolen" the election. People have such short memories. But that's just one of the things that makes these comment threads so much fun to read...!
Update added later: It's official, a done deal! Franken's victory speech is on AP video via YouTube: