Coleman Won't Back Down

Fans of the drama-filled Minnesota Senate race can rejoice: It doesn’t look as if Norm Coleman will concede anytime soon. A day after the state’s Canvassing Board certified Al Franken’s overtime win, incumbent Coleman says he’ll file a lawsuit to challenge the result. The Republican asserts that absentee ballots for Franken were counted twice and that the standards for reviewing rejected absentee ballots were not uniform. “Until these issues are settled,” Coleman said, “any attempt to seat a senator who is not properly certified violates Senate precedent, and usurps the will of the people of Minnesota.” Coleman’s lead attorney says he expects the race to take another two months to be resolved; the Senate today declined to seat Franken along with the other new senators.