Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Minnesota Supreme Court Says No More Counting for Norm Coleman


A three-judge panel has dealt a blow to Norm Coleman’s efforts to retake the lead in the Minnesota Senate race, putting at most 400 ballots in play — far fewer than what the Republican pushed for during the seven-week recount trial.

In its third week of deliberations, the court issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon ordering absentee ballots to be turned over to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office by April 6. The ballots would then by be counted in open court by April 7.

In the minutes after the ruling was issued, Democrats began trumpeting the decision, saying that Coleman’s ability now to retake the lead is a tall order. Franken currently holds a 225 vote edge.

"We are obviously pleased," said Mark Elias, chief legal counsel for Franken, in a conference call with reporters.

It is now TIME for Norm Coleman to do the right thing, CONCEDE. This has dragged on long enough.

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