Franken leads by 225 votes after completion of recount.

Al Franken holds an unofficial lead of 225 votes over incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman. “With the recount complete, focus immediately shifted to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which continued to consider a request from the Coleman campaign to alter the process and add more absentee ballots to be reconsidered.” Eric Kleefeld notes that “Minnesota law is unique in that it prohibits the issuing of an official certificate of election until the legal challenges are all resolved.”


Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, threatened to a filibuster to block Democrats if they considered seating Franken.