POLITICS
02/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Coleman Election Challenge: Minnesotans Oppose

A majority of Minnesotans disagree with Norm Coleman's decision to contest the results of the state's Senate election, a new poll shows.

In a poll conducted by Survey USA, 49 percent of individuals said they did not agree with the Minnesota Republican's lawsuit challenging election results that show him losing to Al Franken by 225 votes. Forty-two percent said they did agree.

Adding a little salt on the wound: 44 percent of respondents said Coleman should concede, while 31 percent wanted the state to hold a new election.

The tide of public opinion, in the end, won't likely be enough to speed up Minnesota's already-long election process. Almost all examinations of the ballot breakdowns show that Coleman's Senate chances remain a long shot. But his campaign has insisted that they will exhaust their court challenges before conceding defeat.

In a brief press conference introducing their complaint, Coleman's lawyer, Fritz Knaak, said he "would not be surprised if this went a month a half, two months out ... Technically we could redo the entire recount. I can tell you right now, that is not in the plans."

The Coleman lawsuit itself is a site to behold. As Eric Kleefeld notes at Talking Points Memo: it "ignores the existence of counter-evidence, employs one maneuver when it is self-benefiting and opposes the same maneuver when it goes against them, attacks not just the recount but votes that were counted for Franken all along, and overall throws everything against the wall to see what sticks."

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