Coleman hints at do-over of Minnesota Senate election

With his chances of winning in court seemingly fading, the former senator talks about a re-vote.

Published February 26, 2009 8:00PM (EST)

Though he did manage to score a major victory on Thursday, for the most part the court battle over Minnesota's senate race hasn't been going well for former Sen. Norm Coleman. Though the Republican was the incumbent and ended Election Night with more votes than challenger Al Franken, the recount ended with the opposite result, and so far the judges' decisions in the case don't seem to indicate that Coleman's lawsuit will end with his victory.

Even that might not finally bring closure to the race, however. Coleman is now talking about the possibility of holding a second vote, though he's been careful not to actually call for one.

"[Y[ou know some folks are now talking about simply saying run it again, just run it again," Coleman said in a recent radio interview. "You know the St Paul Pioneer Press of the second largest papers in the state, last week [they] said we're never going to figure this out, just run it again. So you start hearing that... I got to believe next time this happens folks are going to say... if you have something within a couple of hundred votes out of three million cast, probably the best thing to do next time is run it again in three weeks and put all this other stuff aside."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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