Recounting done with exception
Except for 133 missing ballots from Minneapolis, the U.S. Senate race vote recount is over, reported the Star Tribune Friday.
According to the Star Tribune's calculations, Republican Coleman has a 192-vote advantage over Democrat Al Franken, but the results remain unclear until the resolution of those Minneapolis ballets and thousands of ballot challenges.
Prior to the recount of votes, Coleman held a 215-vote edge. 2.9 million ballots were recounted since Nov. 19.
"We're done," said state elections director Gary Poser, after putting stickers on the 21st challenged ballot from the Wright County town of Montrose.
The last ballot that was tallied was not for Coleman or Franken, but the Independence Party's Dean Barkley, from a voter in Hanover.
The search for the 133 missing ballots was called off today at 2 p.m.
However, the 192-vote margin is expected to change as soon as the challenged ballots that have been set aside are reviewed by the state Canvassing Board. The Board is planned to meet on Dec. 16 to begin the review of the recount and to review the ballenged ballots.
According to the Star Tribune's calculations, during the recount, the Coleman campaign challenged 3,376 ballots and the Franken campaign challenged 3,281.
On Wednesday, the Franken campaign said it was withdrawing 633 challenges, and the next day the Coleman campaign said it would withdraw 650. The withdrawn challenges are not factored into the 192-vote gap.