Consider the following quote reported in the Minnpost,
Even the observers and lawyers have been instructed by their respective campaigns to not talk to the media. But Minneapolis lawyer Bill Starr, who is volunteering for the Franken campaign, was willing to say a few words. He said he thinks Franken will prevail.
His hunch is based on a theory he has."People who voted for Coleman are more likely to have taken the SAT in their lifetime," he said. "They've filled in circles. Franken voters are probably not college-educated. They're new voters and immigrants. They've been brought in by groups like ACORN, from the inner cities. They're more likely to make mistakes. I've bounced this off of minority people, and they agree with me."
It does not get much colder than this, but this has to be a first. Democrats like to think of themselves as the smartest people in the room. Perhaps they are now willing to admit that this characterization is not altogether reflective of the reality. Franken, however, is less optimistic. He is working hard to manufacture as many votes during this recount as possible, and challenging Coleman votes for the flimsiest of reasons. Take this ballot for example.
Reason for the challenge? Because there is both an 'X' and a 'squiggle' in the bubble. The argument is that the voter intended to cancel their vote and leave the voting booth with no vote at all for Senator. Absurd! If the voter wanted to cancel this vote, all they needed to do was obtain a fresh ballot. Where paper ballots are used, this is a option which is clearly posted in the booths.
With only 18% of the ballots counted so far in the recount, Franken is closing the gap, from 215 to 174. The Star Tribune reports that;
Campaign monitors from both sides had challenged a total of 269 votes statewide, with Coleman observers disputing 146 ballots while the Franken camp challenged 123.
If that pace continues, challenged votes could wind up being a major factor in a race where the margin is down to hundreths of a percentage point. Challenged votes will be set aside until mid-December, when a five-member state Canvassing Board will review them individually.
I can't imagine that this guy as a US senator, but if it were to happen, how much of a boon could it be to the Republican party in 2010?