By Aaron Blake - 01/06/09 04:16 PM EST
Sen. Norm Coleman (R) announced Tuesday that he has filed a lawsuit to challenge his loss to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota’s Senate race.
Coleman also resisted a call from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to concede the race, saying, “This race will be decided by Minnesota voters, not by Harry Reid.”
“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.