Closure in Minnesota Senate race?

The Franken-Coleman race may finally be coming to an end.

Published December 15, 2008 4:13PM (EST)

The "Senate Guru" is reporting that, in the never-ending Minnesota Senate recount -- which, if my math is correct, has now lasted as long as the Gore-Bush recount -- the campaigns of both Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman have narrowed down the number of ballot challenges. We may finally -- finally -- be nearing an end to this thing.

At its peak, the number of ballots challenged by the Senate campaigns of Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman reached 6,655. However, it looks like the Canvassing Board will only have to review no more than 1,500 ballots before we may actually have resolution on the 2008 Minnesota Senate race. The Franken camp announced that it would pare down its total number of challenges to under 500 by Tuesday. Always the follower, the Coleman camp subsequently announced that it would reduce its challenged ballot total to under 1,000 by Tuesday. The Canvassing Board begins its review of challenged ballots on Tuesday and hopes to be done by Friday.

When this is over, one wonders if Franken will still have a sense of humor left.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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