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Downballot: Geography is destiny

MINNESOTA: The state Supreme Court yesterday "heard oral arguments on Franken's request for a certificate of election now, at least on an interim basis, so that Minnesota's empty seat can be filled without waiting the months it may take for the courts to resolve Coleman's separate lawsuit over the recount, which gave Franken a 225-vote advantage," the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes. "The justices took the case under advisement and didn't say when they might rule, but their many questions suggested they were skeptical of Franken's arguments."

A separate Star Trib story notes that the three-panel contest over the recount is all about geography. "Norm Coleman and Al Franken both say they want every valid vote to count. But some ballots might be more important to them than others. Coleman is pushing to review rejected absentee ballots from mostly GOP-friendly suburbs and outstate counties. Democrat Franken is paying particular attention to similar ballots from the Democratic-leaning cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth."