Earlier today, I spoke to several Norm Coleman campaign representatives to get their perspective on the ongoing recount. Here are some of the things they emphasized:
— They believed the current margin was somewhere in the middle of the 160 to 211 vote range.
— They were confident that Franken did not make the gains he should have in the highly Democratic and populated Hennepin, Ramsey, and St. Louis counties. They said they were basing this claim on the hard count, not on the fact that Coleman challenges were removing more votes from the Franken stack.
— Tomorrow, they said they anticpate a “circus” as there is a hearing before the state Canvassing Board, which will rule on whether to count up to 6,400 rejected absentee ballots. They said they anticipate that the Board will rule that the ballots will not be counted, and that the Franken campaign will eventually pursue further legal action on this matter.
— “I have never seen the intensity in terms of upsetting the apple cart than I have seen on the Franken side,” said one representative. “They are pulling out all the stops.”
— There is a chance that the Democratic Senate could get involved, by either declaring the seat vacant, or having Coleman appointed on a provisional basis, one official posited.
The Star Tribune has more from the Franken camp, including their charges of missing ballots and contention that the real margin is only 84 votes.