Elections

Franken Extends Lead

The never-ending story continues: The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that, after a recount of 350 formerly rejected absentee ballots, Al Franken has extended his lead over Norm Coleman in the Minnesota Senate race. Franken took 198 of the ballots, extending his lead to 312. The result makes it more likely that Franken will win the election lawsuit that Coleman filed in January, when Franken led by 225 votes. Coleman, of course, said he will appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court if he loses.