Thursday, April 30, 2009

Voters Tell Coleman To Concede

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by Mark Nickolas

Two new Minnesota polls reveal that its state's voters want former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) to concede his narrow loss to Al Franken (D), believe the election was fully fair, don't approve of his continued legal appeals, and want to be fully represented in the U.S. Senate:

Star Tribune Minnesota Poll:

Nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans surveyed think Norm Coleman should concede the U.S. Senate race to Al Franken, but just as many believe the voting system that gave the state its longest running election contest needs improvement.

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll has found that 64 percent of those responding believe Coleman, the Republican, should accept the recount trial court's April 13 verdict that Democrat Franken won the race by 312 votes.

Only 28 percent consider last week's appeal by Coleman to the Minnesota Supreme Court "appropriate."

Grove Insight Research:

A new poll from Grove Insight Research shows that Minnesota voters want Norm Coleman to concede and Gov. Pawlenty to sign the election certificate that will allow Al Franken to be seated -- finally -- in the U.S. Senate.

The poll, commissioned by Alliance for a Better Minnesota, showed that 59% of surveyed voters believe Coleman should concede to Al Franken, while just 34% believe he should keep his legal challenge going. Those numbers fit with the 61% who believe the recount and challenge process has been fair and impartial, against just 24% -- the true dead-end of the conservative rump -- who still question the process.

54% now believe that Franken won in November fair and square, while just 26% believe Coleman actually won.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Supreme Court has set oral arguments in Coleman's appeal for June 1.

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