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 FrankenOvernight Tech: Senate panel subpoenaed ex-Yahoo chief | Twitter gives all users 280 characters | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | EU wants tax answers from Apple Week ahead: DHS nominee heads before Senate | Ex-Yahoo chief to testify on hack | Senators dig into election security Feinstein: Sessions should re-testify on Russia meetings MORE in Minnesota’s Senate race.

Coleman also resisted a call from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions MORE (D-Nev.) to concede the race, saying, “This race will be decided by Minnesota voters, not by Harry Reid.”

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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.