Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Race for Minnesota

By far the most intriguing race left to go is incumbent Republican Norm Coleman vs. Democrat Al Franken. It is this race that should concern every American due since the procedings since election day continue to impact the stability of our own democratic process.

I won't go into much detail here since John Lott does a far better job of analysing the craziness than I could here.

In summary, at the closing of the polls, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes - a slim margin to be sure and close enough to trigger an automatic recount under state law. However, the recount is not until November 19th, and yet since election day, Coleman's lead has shrunk to 221 votes as of Sunday night (205 as of this morning). Reminder - the recount hasn't even started yet.

While it is not unheard of for adjustments to the vote totals to occur, the shear number of votes found in this particular race exceeds the number found in all other races on the Minnesota ballot put together.

On top of this, in a race that is just about a 50-50 split, one would expect some of the adjustments to favor one candidate and some for the other. In this race, every single adjustment favored the Democrat. Tell me that doesn't smell fishy?

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