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Franken v. Coleman, POLITICS

2008 ELECTION RESULTS: MINNESOTA

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US Senate: Norm Coleman-R 42% (Franken-D 41%) (Barkley-IP 15%). NO WINNER DECLARED. (See here for details on the recount.)

The Senate race was close with Franken leading much of the time. Joe Bodell at Minnesota Campaign Report had this to say around midnight:

“I’ve looked at the remaining Senate numbers — and there’s reason for optimism for Al Franken.

Many votes are left to count in the Fifth and Eighth congressional districts — this should favor Franken considerably going forward. With about 80% counted, the fact that so many of the remaining 20% are from the two heaviest-DFL-index congressional districts in the state should help.

Nevertheless, there’s a strong chance at this point that there will be a statewide recount, unless one of the candidates puts a little daylight between himself and his opponent.”)

1:00 a.m. (CST) with 90% of precincts reporting, the Senate race is virtually tied at 42%. (Exit polling gave Franken the win by 4%; MN Secretary of State reports Coleman with 1,128,886 votes and Franken with 1,117,043; MSNBC shows a difference of just 78 votes between the two candidates; and DailyKos reports a difference of about 3,000 votes.)

2:17 a.m. (CST):  Franken leading by 1,000 votes.

7:00 a.m. (CST) UPDATE: Coleman ahead with 99% of precincts reporting; Coleman 1,210,790 / Franken 1,210,028. (MSNBC); The Minnesota Secretary of State shows Coleman with 1,209,247 and Franken with 1,210,124 (6:43 a.m. CST); 99.78% of precincts reporting.

*THE RACE IS CLOSE ENOUGH TO GENERATE AN AUTOMATIC RECOUNT WHICH WILL BEGIN THIS MONTH. NORM COLEMAN HAD BEEN DECLARED THE WINNER BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BUT THEY HAVE RECALLED THAT DECISION.

US Congress

District 01: Walz-D (Davis)
District 02: Kline-R (Sarvi)
District 03: Paulsen-R (Madia)
District 04: McCollum-D (Matthews)
District 05: Ellison-D (White)
District 06: Bachmann-R (Tinklenberg)
District 07: Peterson-D (Menze)
District 08: Oberstar-D (Cummins)

Incumbent Keith Ellison won handily, as did fellow Democrats Tim Walz, Betty McCollum, Collin Peterson and Jim Oberstar. Paulsen (R) and Bachmann (R), who won by much narrower margins, can thank the Independence Party challengers for upsetting their races just enough to push them into the lead.

Land and Legacy Amendment: Yes 58.54% (No 41.46%)
Outdoors and Arts Amendment: Yes 55.6% (No 39.3%)

Voter turnout in Minnesota was estimated at 77.91% according to the Secretary of State‘s office.

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