Al Franken Leads in Minnesota Senate Race

Back in 2000 Al Gore found out the hard way that he was fighting an uphill battle when George Bush was considered the unofficial winner and Gore had to play the role of challenger. Al Franken initially appeared to be in a similar situation in Minnesota but he ultimately managed to take a lead. While there is still fighting over absentee ballots, and other legal battles sound likely, Franken now has a lead of fifty votes.

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    jjray says:

    As far as I am concerned, the only difference between the Gore race in 2000 and the Al Franken race in 2008 is that the US Supreme Court has not stepped in and stopped the state from fully completing its process for contesting election.  Gore would have won.  FWIW, I wrote a piece of satire about this subject.
    http://conspiracytheorysatire.blogspot.com/2008/12/voting-has-known-liberal-bias.html

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    Fritz says:

    I’m not really wanting to rehash 2000, but given the Constitutionally-mandated deadline for the Electoral College, the Florida delegation would, without SC intervention, have been picked by either the Florida legislature of the US House of Representatives, both of which were controlled by Republicans.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The experience in Minnesota does raise real questions as to whether a recount could have been completed in time. It is possible that, due to both the time limit and increased importance, greater resources could have been put into the recount and it might have been completed more rapidly. Of course the inevitable court fights would have still caused problems.

    There are multiple deadlines in terms of a presidential election. If a recount had proceeded we could have had a situation in which the original electors chosen for the electoral college were challenged in Congress based upon recount results.

    We could have wound up with the House picking the president and the Senate picking the VP as each fought over which set of electors to accept from Florida. This could have wound up with one scenario of interest. We could have had Bush as president and Lieberman as VP if each house decided differently.

    The question then is how much this would have mattered.  Presumably Lieberman would not have had the same type of influence that Cheney did. Possibly Bush on his own, or with whatever influence Lieberman would have had, would not have become as extreme as he did.

    If this bizarre scenario had played out, most likely Bush would have chosen a Republican as his running mate in 2004, but seeing how close Lieberman became with the Republicans it is also possible he would have changed parties or otherwise managed to get the Republicans to keep him on the ticket.

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