Minn. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments Over Senate Seat
The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow in the long-running battle over that state's Senate seat.
There is no telling how fast Minnesota's highest court will act, however, and its ruling may not settle the matter. If the court finds against former senator Norm Coleman (R), he may file a federal lawsuit or petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.
Minnesota's Senate election last November, and the resulting legal battle between Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, has resulted in the nation's longest Senate vacancy in 34 years.
Coleman trails Franken by 312 votes, but he is asking the Minnesota court to order the opening of 4,400 rejected absentee ballots.
Franken hopes the court sweeps aside the appeal and demands that he get the election certificate required to take office. He trailed on election night, but a statewide recount after the election boosted him into the lead, which he padded during a trial triggered by Coleman's lawsuit.
The opponents have hauled in at least $13 million between them since Election Day to fund a recount and to continue the legal fight. That figure doesn't include what political parties and outside groups devoted separately to the recount.
The two state parties have covered $2 million in legal fees, chipping in lesser amounts for paychecks, mileage costs and meal expenses for people dispatched to watch over the statewide recount.
May 31, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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