133 ballots have gone missing in Minnesota Senate race

Oops. And it just happens to hurt Al Franken’s bid for the Senate. No one could have predicated that would happen. Nate Silver does an extensive analysis showing that the ballots are in fact missing.

The latest drama in the Minnesota recount is taking place in the 1st Precinct of the 3rd Ward of the city of Minneapolis, where officials identified 133 fewer ballots in their re-count today than had been recorded on election day. As this particular precinct voted heavily for Franken, who nearly doubled Norm Coleman’s vote total there on November 4, a reduction in the ballot count there would be a significant detriment to him, which the St. Paul Pioneer Press estimates as a net loss of 36 ballots.

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