There is not much good to say about Franken, but he did not steal the election.
Everyone understands the ongoing saga involving Minnesota's 2008 Senate election in broad outline. After leading by more than 700 votes on election night, the incumbent senator — Republican Norm Coleman — has emerged as the probable loser of the three-stage post-election proceedings. Senator Coleman lost nearly 500 votes during the first stage — the canvass — conducted by local officials tabulating votes immediately after the election. At the end of the canvass, Senator Coleman appeared to have won the election by 215 votes out of nearly 3,000,000 cast.
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