Franken leading, Coleman suing


Norm Coleman’s attorneys vowed to go to court to make up the ground Coleman lost today after more than 900 absentee ballots that had been mistakenly rejected were tallied, increasing Al Franken’s lead to 225. “We’ll take whatever legal action … to remedy this artificial lead,” said Coleman recount attorney Fritz Knaak.

“We’ve had better days,” Knaak conceded, admitting that “the numbers are what they are.” But he repeated that the “process was broken” and predicted that “the election will still be called in Coleman’s favor.”

That will happen, Coleman attorney Tony Trimble said, when hundreds of absentee ballots that the campaign still wants reviewed are opened and counted. “We’re still trying to ferret out for counting these 600 ballots,” he said.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said he expected that the State Canvassing Board would declare a result of the election on Monday. “I’m also not happy that the two campaigns had the right to veto” once-rejected absentee ballots that local officials, on review, determined should be counted.