State of the Minnesota Senate Recount

Just a quick holiday update on the Minnesota Senate Recount. Each of Minnesota's 4130 precincts completed reporting on December 12th, the result follows:

            Recount         Original
Coleman:   1,208,935   -   1,210,995  =  -2,060
Franken:   1,208,747   -   1,210,285  =  -1,538

Current Margin: Coleman +188
Precincts Recounted: 100% (4130 of 4130)

There was an additional 6,688 challenged ballots still left to be decided. On Monday, December 22nd, the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office posted a draft quality spreadsheet containing a proposed resolution for all 6,688 challenges. Drawing from my previous tabulation:

Candidate     Challenges  ->Coleman  ->Franken  ->Other
Coleman (R)     3,404         32       3,125      247
Franken (D)     3,296       2,926        71       299
Both              12          3          5         4
Total           6,688       2,955      3,191      478

Challenge Margin: Franken +236

Now if the precinct's reported recount results are combined with the draft result of the challenge resolutions, the horserace stands as follows:

      Precinct Recount Margin:  Coleman +188
      Challenge Draft Margin: Franken +236
      Current Recount Margin: Franken +48

Franken is not yet the winner however, there are still ballots left to be counted; about 1,600 according to MN SOS Mark Ritchie. According to the StarTribune there are at least 727 wrongfully rejected absentee ballots from 54 of Minnesota's 87 counties. The remaining counties have yet to finalize their count, but each county has until January 2nd to report their totals.

The canvassing board meets next Tuesday, December 30th, to finalize the challenge resolutions. I will hopefully have a live stream of the proceedings and the subsequent press conferences.

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