Prop 8 Still Not Official, Franken Race Headed for a Recount

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California’s same-sex marriage ban is ahead 52%-48% with 95% of precincts reporting, though the state has yet to call the race. Given the stakes, that’s wise. Count each and every vote before setting a new precedent for the nation. If Prop 8 does end up passing it will be the first time that California’s constitution is amended to take away rights. A dubious distinction.

And it looks like Norm Coleman nosed out Al Franken in Minnesota’s Senate race, with all votes in Coleman ended up with 42% to Franken’s 41.97%. The 571 margin of votes for Coleman sets into motion an automatic recount that could drag on until December.

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