Al Franken's Deficit Is 236 Votes!
Real life stranger than fiction! Except for a comedy genius like Franken himself, no one could imagine a more dramatic, darkly humorous last scene that continues to unfold. Saturday Night Live was never this weird! The simple and ideal solution would be to hold a new run-off election.
This is unbelievable—my nightmare of not having worked hard enough and losing by one vote—has unfortunately come true!
Earlier Coleman had declared victory and suggested that Franken should waive a recount. But Coleman kept to himself on Thursday, while Franken called reporters to talk about the prospects for a continued narrowing of the count:
Coleman said there was no reason for a recount, that there would be no movement. But you see that [his lead] has more than halved and the recount hasn't even started. This election will be decided by the voters, not by the candidates.Determination of voter intent is what it's all about. Look at this:
Crazy outcome may top 'em all
In the 1974 New Hampshire race, both candidates were declared the winner, and the seat was also declared vacant before a revote.