Franken vs. Coleman: The bickering continues
So not surprisingly, Franken wants to count every ballot. That conveniently coincides with his attitude since the start: count every ballot. Coleman, on the other hand, seems to be picking and choosing the votes he'd like to count. He also wants to add 654 votes to be considered, ticking off the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.
While the Coleman campaign said it had identified at least 778 of the 1,346 that the campaign might agree to, Franken officials balked at reaching agreement on that subset because they were concerned Coleman was attempting to "cherry pick" those most favorable to Coleman.
Meanwhile, a Star Tribune analysis of the origins of 1,251 of the ballots identified by local officials, from 70 counties, suggests they might favor Franken overall. (Note: Their analysis did not include Stearns county, a Republican stronghold)
The Coleman campaign, meanwhile, released its own list late Monday, containing 654 rejected absentee ballots that it wants considered. The proposed additions are weighted heavily toward rural counties and the Twin Cities suburbs where Coleman fared well. While more than 170 of the ballots are from Hennepin County, only a half-dozen are from Minneapolis, where Franken did well. Republican-leaning suburbs Orono, Minnetonka and Minnetrista together had more ballots that Coleman wants to count than did Minneapolis.
Both campaigns tried to spin the other's actions into hypocrisy and cherry picking. Coleman's camp says Franken is a hypocrite because he doesn't want to count these 600+ ballots he wants to add to the mix. Franken's camp says Coleman is cherry picking votes that will favor him.
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