Mary Franson wins her recount in House District 8B.
Franson, a freshman Republican from Alexandria, picked up one extra vote Thursday when Otter Tail County recounted its ballots. In the end, Franson had 4,799 votes in Otter Tail to Cunniff’s 3,790 votes.
Cunniff’s attorneys are challenging four of the ballots in Otter Tail County, and the campaigns also challenged one vote each in Douglas. But the combined challenges wouldn’t be enough to hand Cunniff the win in the state’s closest election of 2012.
This close win by Franson in a bad year for the MNGOP, and against one of the DFL’s sleaziest campaigns in a year where the DFL buried the sleaze-o-meter, is good news; there are at least some parts of the state with a little sanity.
And it’s fascinating how little the vote counts actually swung in a recount run mostly be Republicans, isn’t it?
By the way – even though DFL candidate Bob Cunniff conceded yesterday, as the Strib notes…:
The recount results are unofficial until the state canvassing board meets on Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. There is also always a possiblity of a court challenge to the election results.
And given that trial lawyers are among the DFL’s main constituencies, I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
But ’til then, congratulations Rep. Franson!
UPDATE: John Gilmore echoes thoughts a lot of us agree with:
Last legislative session we didn’t have any leaders. In fact, we had anti-leaders. Morons. Incompetents.
Not even status quo: our new majority made things worse. They earned their minority status this election cycle but the better good of Minnesota did not.
Enter Mary Franson: new, naive, honest, sometimes bumbling. Extremely well spoken on the floor of the MN House of Representatives and off.
But wait! Can she navigate The Wedge? Tell the difference of quinoa from teff?
No and here’s hoping she never does. Would it be too post modern to take a field trip to Alexandria?
During the DFL-manufactured “Animals” fracas last spring, the GOP establishment couldn’t have shot Franson under the bus any faster if they’d loaded her into a wrist-rocket.
To paraphrase The Boss: she’s still there, they’re all gone. Well, some of them, anyway.