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December 23, 2008

Minnesota Senate race going into January

Minnesota is likely to only have one sitting senator when the 111th Congress convenes on January 6. The state's Canvassing Board announced today it will be meeting on January 5 -- when it could potentially certify a winner -- and that process could spill into January 6 when the next Congress is sworn in.

The loser may contest the certification, which would delay the process even further.

Franken is currently leading Coleman by 47 votes, according to the secretary of state's up-to-date tally.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune also reports the timetable for counting as many as 1,600 unfairly rejected absentee ballots may be delayed:

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and the campaigns of Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are asking the state Supreme Court for more time to process an estimated 1,600 wrongly rejected absentee ballots that the high count last week ordered them to count.

The Supreme Court had wanted amended returns submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 31. But Ritchie and the campaigns are asking for the deadline to be pushed back to Friday, Jan. 2.

Together with other recount business remaining to be done, the request makes it appear likely that Minnesota will have only one senator in place when Congress meets Jan. 6.