Franken Campaign Claims to Be Up by Four Votes: Recount Ends (But Not Really) in Minnesota

The good news is, the statewide recount of the unresolved Senate race in Minnesota ended this afternoon. The bad news is, the resolution of this contest is still quite a ways off.

At 11:29 a.m., Wright County maintenance worker Allen Buskey pushed a cart with 10 boxes of ballots into Room 217 at the county government center in Buffalo and locked up the last of the 2.9 million ballots recounted since Nov. 19.

"We're done," said state elections director Gary Poser, after putting stickers on the 21st challenged ballot from the Wright County town of Montrose.

Well, some folks are done. There are still the 133 missing ballots from Minneapolis, and more importantly, there are thousands of challenged ballots that will be reviewed by the state Canvassing Board starting on Dec. 16. Likely court fights suggest even that phase won't actually end the contest.

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