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Coleman cmapaign denied its request to stop the counting of 32 absentee ballots Saturday

Senator Norm Coleman’s campaign was denied on Saturday its request to exclude the counting of 32 absentee ballots that were found in an election official’s car on Friday night.

According to the New York Times, ““We’re just trying to make very sure that no one’s stuffing ballot boxes,? said Mr. Knaak of the Coleman campaign.? Knaak’s statement reveals Coleman’s concern for voter fraud and the suspicion the Coleman campaign has of the continually narrowing margin of victory he is holding onto after polls closed.

This doubt was echoed in statements given by Coleman’s campaign manager, Cullen Sheehan, as cited in the Pioneer Press. “Sheehan said Friday it was ‘statistically dubious and improbable’ that the tally changes had overwhelmingly benefited Franken.?

Coleman’s opponent, Democrat Al Franken, has refused to concede in a senatorial race that has come down to a difference of 221 votes and an automatic recount.

The Pioneer Press gave much more in depth coverage of the story, considering its local focus. The paper especially discussed the legal aspects of the motion and its denial, including a mention of historic precedent of vote swings that have occurred in Minnesota’s past after elections had ended.

The New York Times, however, did a good job of encapsulating the race, the results, and the feeling that an actual winner will not be declared for quite some time.