We watched this one all the way and have to admit we are surprised at the outcome. The first post was on July 9, 2008, when we first heard he might be running. We spoke out against him, as we thought he was a stretch at best. Then a post on August 10, 2008 when we found out only one person had any interest in him, we felt even more assured he was going away. The last time we spoke was on November 28, 2008 and we were sure he was going to lose as it was 25 days after the election. Will we do not know if it was Democratic tricks, Republican thinking the playing field was fair, or the fact that it is Minnesota? The Minnesota board on Monday certified results showing Democrat Al Franken winning the state’s US Senate recount over Republican Norm Coleman. Will the existing Senators let this happen is another story as pending the counting of hundreds of absentee ballots; Democrat Franken holds a 49-vote lead. The last Hail Mary from Coleman is a legal battle. The Minnesota Canvassing Board claims it properly counted the votes that gave Al Franken victory in the U.S. Senate race but Norm Coleman is going to court to dispute the tally of hundreds of absentee ballots.
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