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Details: The Senate do-over scenario

  • March 7, 2009 - 6:05 PM

THE SENATE DO-OVER SCENARIO

A theoretical look at how Minnesota's U.S. Senate election could give way to Coleman-Franken II: The Rerun.

The Senate election trial, in which Republican Norm Coleman is challenging DFLer Al Franken's 225-vote lead, ends with the three-judge panel ruling in Franken's favor.

Coleman appeals to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

In the Senate, which has the final say on whom to seat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to install Franken.

Senate Republicans, holding 41 seats, block the Democratic majority from getting the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster and seat Franken.

The Senate stays stalemated, public concern mounts for Minnesota to have its two senators, and the Legislature calls for a new election.

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