Scott Murphy’s special election race in New York still has months to go before it could compete with the long drawn out Senate race in Minnesota, but as of yet, neither have been decided.
Minnesota’s progressive Al Franken has not yet been seated after his 2008 bid for the seat of incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R). After a state-wide recount in Minnesota, Franken has emerged the victor by 312 votes, and a Minnesota court confirmed his victory last week. But Coleman has again announced his plans to appeal, and Franken’s seating could again be delayed.
Like Franken, Scott Murphy (D-NY-20) appears the winner in his race, but his seating is not yet finalized. Final tallies from March 31st showed Murphy ahead by 65 votes, a strong surge for a challenger who closed in from a twenty-point deficit just six weeks prior. The official count of Murphy’s edge is now at 56 votes, but some reports suggest he will lead by as many as 600 before the recount is completed.
Five counties have completed their domestic absentee ballot counts, and five more have yet to report. We’ll continue to provide updates as the latest info is released…