Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 02:50:04 PM PST
MN-Publius gives us two new important bits of information:
Coleman “well knows” that these tallies change, because in his 2002 race the unofficial tally on election day gave him 8,920 votes more than the final total after canvass did. Did Coleman kick and scream and threaten to take his ball and go home then? No, he won so he actually complied with the law... In fact, the election day totals almost always vary immensely from the final, official results. Klobuchar gained 2,854 votes, Pawlenty lost 1,375, and Swanson gained an amazing 23,059! The tallies not changing would be the unusual scenario. Of course Coleman knows this, it’s just that in this case it’s beneficial for him to pretend this is an anomaly.
Remember, with Coleman's advantage currently at 206 votes, history bodes ill for him.
Which brings me to the point that will surely have Coleman and his surrogates feigning outrage. Guess which County’s Canvassing Board hasn’t reported yet? That’s right, Hennepin County — it’s supposed to report today. This makes it completely possible that by the end of the day today, the unofficial tally will be +Franken.