Court Hands Coleman Major Setback

The Star Tribune reports:

In a potentially decisive ruling, a panel of three judges today ordered up to 400 new absentee ballots opened and counted, far fewer than Republican Norm Coleman had sought in his effort to overcome a lead by DFLer Al Franken.

The ballots also appear to include many that Franken had identified as wrongly rejected as well as ballots that Coleman wanted opened.

Given that Coleman needed to overcome a 225-vote Franken lead, this ruling is a big blow.