Sunday, December 21, 2008

Franken campaign claims victory is inevitable

 At a press conference yesterday Franken campaign attorney Mark Elias had this to say about what will happen when the state canvassing board is finished reconciling the withdrawn ballot challenges.

"Al Franken will have a lead of between 35 and 50 votes. And, at some point not too long after that, Al Franken will stand before you as the senator-elect from Minnesota."

The Franken campaign apparently couldn't resist and decided they too needed to jump on the pre-emptive declaration of victory bandwagon. They do actually have some basis for this declaration, even the Star Tribune is now projecting a Franken win by 78 votes and by all accounts the counting of improperly rejected absentee ballots will only help Franken's position. Still, you'd like to think the Franken campaign would learn from the PR mistakes of the Coleman campaign and hold off any such proclamations until after the canvassing board finishes its work.

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