The Election

Franken Closes in on Senate

How close is funnyman Al Franken to the Senate? According to his campaign, his deficit against Norm Coleman is down to less than 100 votes. The state has so far recounted 51.1 percent of the votes, and Franken’s team is including in that calculation some 800 contested ballots that it believes will easily be resolved. A lawyer for Franken adds that “there are more Democratic areas with votes left to be counted than Republican.”