Recount Ends in Minnesota Senate Race
By Perry Bacon Jr.
The long process of determining the winner in the Minnesota Senate race is nearing its end, as a recount of the votes there wrapped up Friday afternoon.
But the recount, which shows Sen. Norm Coleman (R) leading Democratic comedian Al Franken by 192 votes, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is not the final step: the state's canvassing board meets on Dec. 16 to review the recount and rule on several thousand ballots that have been challenged by the campaigns.
The Secretary of State's office in Minnesota hasn't released an official count and won't declare a winner in the race until after that board meets.
Both Coleman and Franken's campaign have challenged more than 3,000 ballots each, so the process of reviewing them could take several days to complete and stretch out until Christmas, if not longer.
The race is the only Senate contest where the winner has not been officially determined. Democrats currently control 58 seats in the Senate (a number that includes the two independents who usually vote with them), while Republicans hold 41.
Posted at 5:41 PM ET on Dec 5, 2008
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