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December 02, 2008

Morning roundup

With 91 percent of votes now recounted in Minnesota, Sen. Norm Coleman now has a 340-vote lead over Al Franken. Franken’s camp claims that once the disputed ballots are added into the mix, Coleman’s lead is closer to 73 votes.

Meanwhile, Franken’s attorney suggested that the Senate might need to step in to resolve a dispute over rejected absentee ballots.

No one has a clue whom Gov. David Paterson will select to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

The Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for Obama’s vacant Senate seat. But Jackson still is the only member of the delegation interested in the appointment that hasn’t yet met with Gov. Rod Blagojevich. 

Murkowski to Sarah Palin: Leave my seat alone!

Republican Tom McClintock declares victory again in California's Fourth District, but Democrat Charlie Brown isn’t quite ready to concede, even though he trails by 1,576 votes.

Here's the wrong kind of bipartisanship: Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Blagojevich want the jail sentence of former, disgraced GOP Gov. George Ryan to be commuted.  (Ryan has served one year of a six-year jail sentence on corruption charges.)

But Illinois Republicans are rejecting that bipartisan gesture, saying Durbin’s comment “contributes to the difficult task of bringing change to Illinois."

And don’t forget today’s Georgia Senate runoff, which will determine whether Democrats can still reach a 60-seat supermajority in the Senate. Weather in Georgia is cool and in the 40s. Polls close at 7:00 EST, and we’ll have results live on the Scorecard tonight.