Margin in recount at 12

by Lisa Zehner

If the recount couldn’t get any closer, the margin is only at 12 votes with 912 ballots reviewed, according to the Star Tribune. With Republican Norm Coleman leading most of the recount, Democrat Al Franken now has the slim margin for the first time.

However, there are still some 5,000 ballots that have yet to be reviewed by the Canvassing Board. According to Star Tribune reader’s projects, Franken will ultimately lead by 89 votes after all the ballots are reviewed. It is tough, however, to predict how the Canvassing Board will actually side.

Coleman’s camp has also challenged duplicate ballots from being counted unless the originals could be found. The board said that the issue would not be addressed by the board but should be addressed in another forum.

The absentee ballots that were improperly rejected will also be counted by the Canvassing Board, after a Thursday ruling by the state Supreme Court. The votes will not be counted right away, however, and the two candidates must agree on ones that will be.