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Senator Franken

After 8 long months, we finally have two Senators again.  I voted for Al Franken, so I’m happy that he has finally won.  But, my happiness was just soured by a co-worker whose IM status reads “Franken joins Ahmadinejad in election stealing success!”  Wow.  

Coleman said “Further litigation damages the unity of our state,” during a news conference held at his St. Paul home.  That assumes there was unity to begin with.

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Specter Joins the Dems

Wow – Sen. Alren Specter of Pennsylvania announced at noon today that he would caucus with the Democrats.  He said that his vote for Obama’s stimulus package cause a “schism [with Republicans] which makes our differences irreconcilable.”  Republicans are quick to note that he’s facing a 2010 primary challenge.

If our dear former Senator from the great state of Minnesota would do the honorable thing and concede, Al Franken would make the 60th Democrat in the Senate thus enabling them to block Republican filibusters.  As the healthcare debate picks up in the Senate (no small issue for Sen. Specter), Obama will have the muscle he needs to bring serious reform.  Hallelujah!

(It is interesting to note that former Sen Coleman left the Democratic party in 1996 shortly after the Gingrich revolution swept Congress.  My, how the politcal winds have changed.)

Franken or Coleman? Odds Favor A1.

A week later, we still don’t know who the 2nd Senator from Minnesota will be.  The margin between Coleman and Franken has shrunk over the last week to 221 or .0001% (there were 2,833,089 votes cast in the Senate race).

538.com has some excellent analysis on the probability of who is more likely to win in a recount.  It turns out that if 51.25% of uncounted votes (25,000 or 0.9%) turn out to be votes for Franken, he has a 98.8% chance of ultimately winning.

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Also, more details have emerged regarding Coleman’s friend and supporter Nasser Kazeminy improperly channeling $75,000 to Coleman in 2007 through Coleman’s wife’s employer.

Funny story: a friend of mine got a call from the Franken campaign.  They asked “are you going to vote for A-one Franken?”  Apparently, the L looked like a 1.  Ha!  Good on a steak, but for Senate?  Moral of the story: when you’re paying someone to call potential voters, you should make sure the people calling can read.


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