Coleman legal team asks for election do-over

In a last-ditch move the former senator had previously hinted at, lawyers for the Republican ask that results of the Minnesota Senate election be thrown out.

Published March 3, 2009 4:00PM (EST)

Last week, former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., hinted at the idea of a do-over of last year's race between him and Democrat Al Franken. On Monday, his legal team asked judges presiding over Coleman's challenge to make a ruling to that effect.

In a letter he wrote to the court as his side wrapped up its case, Coleman lawyer Jim Langdon said, "Some courts have held that when the number of illegal votes exceeds the margin between the candidates -- and it cannot be determined for which candidate those illegal votes were cast -- the most appropriate remedy is to set aside the election."

As MinnPost's Eric Black writes, it seems unlikely that the judges will agree with the Coleman team on this issue.

Meanwhile, Franken's side is now beginning its case.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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