Minnesota Secretary of State: Franken Pseudo-Declaration of Victory ‘Premature’

Dec 31, 2008 12:36pm

We just finished a podcast interview with Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie about the Senate recount going on in that state of 10,000 lakes.

Mr. Ritchie had lots to say about the continuing process to recount the 2.9 million ballots in that state — as you may know, on election night, incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., lead Democrat Al Franken by 215 votes, or .007%, kicking in an automatic recount of the state’s ballots.

ABC News Shuffle podcast producer Huma Khan is working right now on posting the audio and writing up some of the more interesting bits.

But one thing seemed immediately interesting: Of Franken’s declaration that "it looks like we’re on track to win. The state canvassing board has completed its job of reviewing all the ballots — and at the end of this important step in the process, we’re ahead," Ritchie, a Democrat, not only called it "premature," he seemed almost offended.

More to come…

- jpt

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