December 19th, 2008
09:19 AM ET
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Report: Coleman ahead by 5 in Minnesota Senate race

 Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, left, has a slim lead over Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's Senate race.
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, left, has a slim lead over Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's Senate race.

(CNN) - Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's unofficial lead over Democrat Al Franken shrank to five votes as a Minnesota Canvassing Board continued analyzing ballots from the November 4 Senate election, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday.

About 3 million votes were cast in the election, and the close result tripped an automatic recount.

Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and writer, gained several hundred votes Thursday night as the board ruled on ballot challenges from both sides, the newspaper reported.

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  1. Tony in Maine

    The next person who tells me that his or her vote doesn't matter gets whacked with this.

    This is not Florida. Coleman does not have Cruella as keeper of the ballots. The Minnesota recount will not be stopped by Antonin Scalia if it looks like it's going badly for the GOP.

    Franken may actually win.

    December 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Ray Fisher

    Coleman should be ashamed to claim victory after a squeaker like this. He obviously wasn't supported by his constituents!!!

    December 19, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Al Frankenstein

    No one can stop me.

    December 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. ErikS.

    How many times are they gonna count? Until Franken wins obviously, just give it to the joke so he can screw Minnesota. That state really has a lot of Brains...let's hire a comedian to run our state, and gosh darnit, we like ourselves.

    December 19, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Pete

    Charlie in Maine,

    Thank God the US Supreme court put an end to the circus in Florida, it was really quite a joke watching people hold up ballots to a light to try to interpret the intent of the vote, and then being certain that they made the right call. My guess is much the same is going on in MN. The sad thing is that we have to put all of this money into counting votes of people who are too stupid to figure it out. It's kind of like dumbing down education, everything has to be boiled down to the lowest common denominator so as not to offend or "disenfranchise" anyone.

    December 19, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. stating the obvious

    That man needs a new set of dentures! Maybe ones that are a little less obvious?

    December 19, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Trace

    ahhh...Sup-planted D (Super D) that's why they call it a "recount" so all casted votes are accounted for and acknowledged. The conservative tone rears its rhetorical fangs when things don't quite go according to plan. It's interesting to note the fiasco that led to the Florida recounts of the 2000 Presidential election that lauded a Supreme Court's decision handing over the highest office in the nation to a president who subsequently shattered the economy along with the conscious of the American people. At least Franken will bring some much needed comedic vitality with an homage to the allegoric rustic pews of the senatorial chambers.

    December 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Brad Knox

    No one from American can forget the foul-mouthed, nasty-tempered, irreverant Franken from over the years. He is unfit to represent any state in this union. What is wrong with Minnesota they would want such a fool?

    December 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Viv, Utah

    I heard that a large number of people voted for Obama but not Franken. Does anyone out there think that people who voted
    for Mccain crossed party lines and voted for Franken. Something is
    wrong here.

    December 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Beck

    "coleman have lost the senate seat, already!"

    This is why idiots like him get elected. People vote for liberals like him are too dumb to be voting at all.

    December 19, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Truth Hurts

    Coleman needs to go and sit down. This is what I am talking about. The people are getting ready to vote for another crook!!

    December 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Indy

    @Kevin in Ohio

    Yes, they will steal this election by having the most votes! Muahahahah.

    Unlike Bush who didn't have the most votes and stole the election. Awwwww.

    December 19, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Danah, MI

    I hope Fraken wins, seriously.

    December 19, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Otis

    Have you seen the way people voted for these two? Simple rule: if you can't follow the ballot's instruction, throw your vote out. If you can't figure out something basic like filling in an oval, you should not be voting for a leader for those who do know how to read instructions.

    December 19, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Colton in Washington

    I swear if Franken wins I will lose all faith in Democracy, no I take that back, if Caroline Kennedy gets Hillary Clinton's senate seat I will will lose all faith in democracy; other than name recognition, she's a complete dud and Gov. Patterson is smarter than to appoint someone because of their celeb. status; seriously, she endorses Obama and fights against Hillary, and now she wants her seat in the Senate?Coleman and Franken are like Gregoire and Rossi, and we all know here in Washington who really won that the first two recounts. Franken is going to ask for a recount until he wins, the people voted once and picked Coleman, now they are recounting the ballots and will most likely pick Coleman again. Franken will be a bigger train wreck than the witch Gregoire has for my state; and this is coming from a former Democrat. I'm going to be like the other Democrats who were rude to Hillary and say "be gracious and get he hell out." Every vote counts Franken? Tell that to Florida and Michigan

    December 19, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Linda from Minnesota

    I'm from MN and let me tell you, the choices we had were not the best. Of the two, Franken is the most honorable. Coleman is a sleeze who first ran as a democrat, was elected and then changed parties.

    December 19, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. J in New York

    @ Rick,

    If i'm not mistaken, is it not the republicans like stevens, palin, cheney, Bush and lets not forget chambliss, that have no qualms about running elections of hate and fear rather than about facts and figures? Do your research before you place corruption on any one party. There are corrupt individuals in all parties. it just comes with the territory. I don't condone their actions in the slightest and they should all be brought to justice. however, to say that any one politician is 'stealing' an election by the people is a tall charge. i'd have to see evidence before I make any judgement. On a lighter note, I just hope Al Franken wins, because we need senators with a sense of humor for a change!

    December 19, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Art

    I really don't care who wins it. I don't live there. Probably most of the people making their remarks don't live there either. They just want to put their two cents in. If it's not taken care of when the king, uh, I mean new President is sworn in I'm sure that he will appoint Franken and the people of Minnesota will live happily ever after.

    December 19, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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