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Downballot: Recount trial continues

The Minneapolis Star Tribune on what happened on Day 16 of the recount trial: "In questioning of election officials from Wright, Carver and Scott counties, the Coleman campaign sought to highlight differences in how counties processed absentee ballots. The campaign has argued that there have been 'equal protection' problems in the election and aftermath -- that is, that not all voters have been treated equally, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Franken campaign responds that Minnesota's standards are clear and the trial is only about which candidate received the most legal votes under those standards."

The AP: "For Democrats, the absence of Franken's vote has already made passing legislation more of a challenge… The vote also underscored, for Senate Republicans, the importance of holding onto the seat. Coleman traveled to Washington last week to raise thousands of dollars to help fund his recount efforts. That included maximum $10,000 donations from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio." More: "The longer the recount lasts in St. Paul, the more difficult things are for congressional Democrats. Some said Republicans are more intent on a drawn-out battle than holding out a realistic hope of victory."