Franken's Temporary Lead

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Dec 19, 2008 10:58 AM
Norm Coleman doesn’t want anyone to get too worried about the lead Al Franken has over him right now in the contentious recount for Minnesota's Senate seat.

“By the time you receive this email, the temporary lead that will present itself to Franken will have taken place—and throughout the day that temporary lead will grow” Coleman Communications Director Mark Drake in a memo Friday morning.

 "We expect that you will continue to see that happen throughout today and until every ballot that was legally and validly cast has been recounted and a total can be certified. So while varying headlines and a flurry of different numbers will continue, we encourage everyone to just hang on until the process is finished,” Drake said. "When it is finished, Norm Coleman will still lead, and we believe, be re-elected to the United States Senate."

Franken is currently leading by a little more than 100 votes. 300 ballots have yet to be reviewed.