It's official: Franken, Coleman battle now longest recount in MN history

9:48 AM, Mar 24, 2009   |    comments
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The ongoing battle between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman is officially the longest recount in Minnesota history.  It has bypassed the 1962 governors race recount between Republican Gov. Elmer Andersen  and his DFL challenger, Lt. Gov. Karl Rolvaag.

After reviewing the evidence, a district judges ruled on March 15, 1962  that Rolvaag had been elected by a margin of 91 votes.

On March 23, Andersen issued a statement saying that "a competent and fair tribunal" had rendered its judgment and that he did not see any grounds for a successful appeal.

The incumbent Republican quickly vacated his office, and Rolvaag was sworn in as the state's 31st governor on March 25.

Franken currently leads Coleman by 225 votes in the recount.  A three judge panel has been deliberating for the last week and a half on the outcome of the trial.

Meantime, there's a big break for Coleman and Franken when it comes to paying for the Minnesota Senate recount and trial.

The Federal Election Commission says national party committees for Coleman and Franken can raise funds to help offset those expenses.

Donations would be limited to $30,400 for an individual and $15,000 for a political committee.




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