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Mary Franson: will she stay or will she go?

by The Big E on November 20, 2012 · 4 comments

If I stay there will be trouble …
if I go it will be double…

The Clash

Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) clings to a one vote lead over DFLer Bob Cuniff. The vote total will be certified by Thursday after which an automatic recount is likely.

Franson is most infamous for joking that welfare recipients are animals. She’s also the evangelical christianist who lived in sin with her boyfriend. She likes yelling at people at parades. She stated that the anti-marriage amendment was important because it would protect children from Teh Gayz.

Minnesota may not be entertained by her for long. Or will she sneak past her challenger to continue bringing the crazy to the halls of the State Capitol? Tony Petrangelo at has an update:

Well, that analysis may all be moot now:
Official Notice of Error that affects Bob Cunniff – Franson MN state house race #stribpol #mnleg…
   – Aaron Ley, Ph.D. (@AaronLey) November 16, 2012

The linked image contains the following from Charlene Rosenow, the Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer:

The Douglas County Canvassing Board convened today and publically canvassed the 2012 general election returns by reviewing the abstract and write-in reports provided by the Douglas County Auditor. Following the review, the Board determined, by majority vote, that the election judges had made an obvious error in counting or recording votes as more fully set forth in the attached Report of Obvious Errors. In sum, it is apparent that some voters were given the wrong ballots at shared polling locations.

This development may be an advantage to Franson according to Sally Jo Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie:

Bluestem called the Douglas County Auditor’s office to learn whether or not the 32 ballots would come from all of HD 8B or just Douglas County. We were told that the Douglas County Canvassing board would only be pulling from the ballots in their possession–not from the larger pool of the district.

Given that Cunniff outperformed Franson by over 1000 votes in Douglas County– 6861-5854–there’s very  slight odds that more Cunniff votes than Franson votes will be pulled, although the randomness of the draw makes those slim odds.

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