Coleman contests Franken’s win

Sen. Norm Coleman (R) announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit to challenge his loss to Democrat Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenWhy Smokin' Joe leads the pack of 2020 Democratic hopefuls Pawlenty to announce bid for Minnesota governor Al Franken: Sessions firing McCabe ‘is hypocrisy at its worst’ MORE in Minnesota’s Senate race.

Coleman also resisted a call from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism Dems to party: Go on offense with Trump’s alleged affairs MORE (D-Nev.) to concede the race, saying, “This race will be decided by Minnesota voters, not by Harry Reid.”

On Monday, Franken was declared the winner of Minnesota’s Senate race by a recount panel, which handed him a 225-vote win out of nearly 3 million ballots cast.

“The people of Minnesota want to make sure we get this right, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on,” Coleman said at a press conference in the state.

While the margin is razor-thin, Coleman faces an uphill battle in getting it overturned in the courts.

Coleman’s lawyers are prepared to contest about 650 absentee ballots that they say were improperly rejected, about 150 ballots they say were counted twice and 133 votes they say were counted without ballots to back them up.

They also said challenged ballots were not handled by the state canvassing board in a uniform manner.