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Coleman's campaign says 100-vote loss yesterday is suspicious

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Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign is screaming fraud after 100 votes went to opponent Al Franken during the up-and-down vote game in the state.

According to the Star Tribune:

The precinct officials called in the correct results on Election Night: 506 for Franken, 211 for Coleman. But the county incorrectly wrote down 406 for Franken, 211 for Coleman. And that's what was reported to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Wednesday night, the Secretary of State website showed a 100-vote increase for Franken in Mt. Iron, Pct. 1.

The Coleman camp's Cullen Sheehan says the timestamp on the ballot machine's vote total reads: "11/02/2008″ That's two days before the Nov. 4 election.

A county official told the paper that the machine gave an incorrect time stamp when it was tested before Election Day.

The campaign is also asking for the state's machine tape results and all tally sheets.

In a statement, Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said it was "troubling" to see "huge chunks of votes appearing and disappearing," and that they are shifting to DFL candidate Al Franken's favor.

We can smell the lawsuits now!