Coleman Feels Good About Latest Recount Decision

Amanda Carpenter

2/4/2009 10:11:05 AM - Amanda Carpenter
Republican Norm Coleman, still locked in an ongoing fight with Democrat Al Franken for Minnesota's Senate seat is feeling confident about the latest court recount ruling.

Franken is currently 225 votes ahead of Coleman but the Minnesota Canvassing Board and Supreme Court has ruled 4,800 more ballots need to be examined.

"We got the entire universe of what we wanted to be counted," Coleman said on a conference call Wednesday morning.

He said the lead that Franken has enjoyed came from the partial opening of valid ballots that "came from areas that were predominately Democrat-dominated that gave Al Franken an artificial lead."

Coleman's team also say they expect 80-100 votes will be "washed away" from Franken's column when the court throws out ballots that have been double counted in the recount process.