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Minn. Poll Says Coleman Should Concede to Franken

Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans think Norm Coleman should admit loss to Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race, but just as many believe the voting system that gave the state its longest running election contest needs improvement, according to those surveyed in a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

The poll has found that 64 percent of those surveyed believe Coleman should accept the recount trial court's April 13 verdict, which showed Franken's win by 312 votes.

Only 28 percent consider last week's appeal by Coleman to the Minnesota Supreme Court "appropriate."

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said Franken should concede if Coleman were to win at the state Supreme Court, while 73 percent said Coleman should concede if Franken were to win.


The random telephone survey of 1,042 Minnesota adult produced a sample consisting of 20 percent Republicans, 36 percent Democrats and 37 percent independents, with 6 percent offering no self-identification. The poll has a margin of sampling error of 4 percentage points, plus or minus.

"I voted for Coleman, but this thing has gone on way too long," said Mike McCombs, 50, a Lakeville furnace and air conditioning salesman. "Obviously, the Republican Party is trying to keep Franken's vote out of the United States Senate. We should get another [senator] in there." (Star Tribune)

The 4,400 rejected absentee ballots should be counted because they are identical to the other, already-counted ballots, Coleman said.

"While we understand the frustration that Minnesotans have, it's important to get this right, not only for the 4,400 disenfranchised Minnesotans, but for everyone so that we can all have faith in the accuracy of the final outcome," said Coleman spokesman Tom Erickson.

But the poll numbers speak for themselves, Franken spokesman Andy Barr said.

"Minnesotans understand that this process has been meticulous and fair," he said, "... that our election system in Minnesota is sound and that Al Franken received more votes than Norm Coleman on Election Day."

The same day Coleman confirmed widespread expectations that he would challenge Franken's recount trial victory in the state Supreme Court, the poll was conducted, lasting four days.